Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

Talks & Articles

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Wednesday Maariv

Jordan offers a Maariv teaching.

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell The Fruit of This Practice

Jordan talks about how the practice impacts your being presence with the interactions you have with people. When some thing happens that is difficult, that is challenging, that is frustrating, that is annoying – that’s painful, that’s hard, that’s violent – what might help me use that experience as motivation to open and turn towards, to soften and become more intimate with my tender heart, as opposed to taking that exact same thing and using it to turn away from, to harden, to fight. It is this practice that is the foundation of our tenderness. This open heart is a fruit of our practice.

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Tuesday Mincha

Jordan offers a Mincha teaching.

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Engaging in Judaism as a Mindfulness Practice

Jordan discusses how normative Jewish practice is a spiritual practice resonant with mindfulness of the moment-to-moment experience of the normal course of events. He tells the Torah story of the spies returning from Canaan, focusing on how it illustrates the reality of human experience and the importance of remembering (mindfulness), and that our actions should be based on investigation and wisdom, not on our fears and delusions. This allows us to remember who we are: remembrance as the sharp focus of attention, embracing concern and involvement, active, not passive.