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Overview of our Jewish Theological Approach to Our Practice

Presenter: Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: With this talk, Jeff opens the June 2020 Zoom Retreat with a deep and wide ranging reflection on those aspects of theology that inform his practice. Using passages from the Torah and the Zohar, he opens up the text with fresh wisdom.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Joanna Sitting Instructions 2

Presenter: Joanna Katz Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Joanna teaches us the practice of sitting meditation. She weaves the practice of developing gratitude into our sitting practice. She discusses the development of intention, or kavanah, for practice.

Presented by: Joanna Katz

A Paradoxical Path to Peace

Presenter: Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Jeff unpacks the Bal Shem Tov’s phrase, “everything is God and nothing but God”. This opens us up to the main experience of waking up and seeing life and existence clearly.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

What’s Really Important

Presenter: Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Jeff unpacks the prayer, Ana B”Koach, which was created to point directly to the nature of the divine, which opens the exploration of our own nature. He explores the nature of our connectedness with all life.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Truth

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Rabbi Jeff Roth explores Truth; awakened attention to what is happening in the moment.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Obstacles to Awareness of the Divine Presence

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: In contemporary Jewish meditation the Divine is a reference to the interconnected unity of all being. This talk unfolds this metaphor and points out obstacles that occur in “small mind” that aggrandizes the self and cuts one off from unity, compassion and loving-kindness. A set […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Mindfulness Practice and the Jewish Year

Presenter: Rabbis Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Reflection on what we seek to remember in practice, developing the capacity to see which stories serve to develop wholesome qualities and reduce suffering. The center of the talk is a tour through the Jewish year, interpreting each holiday as a form of retreat practice […]

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Ignorance: Ways We Miss the Devine

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Winter 2005, Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program Podcast Notes: In this Jewish meditation talk given at the Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program, Rabbi Jeff Roth talks about ignorance and the patterns of mind which prevent us from truly meeting the Divine in our lives.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Effortless Effort

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Rabbi Jeff Roth discusses how to relax into both your meditation practice and your daily life, and what gets in the way.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Karma, Suffering and Sacred Intention

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Also titled, The Metaphysical Musings of a Megalomaniacal Mixed Up Mystic, in this talk Rabbi Jeff Roth discusses the laws of cause and effect and how they apply to suffering and to happiness

Presented by: Jeff Roth

I Think, Therefore I Am In Tsuris

Presenter:  Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: In this talk Rabbi Jeff Roth explains how what the midrash says about the nature of our suffering and the relationship between thinking, desiring, awareness reveals a path to resolving tremendous suffering.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Examining the Unknowable

Presenter: Norman Fisher Event & Date: Winter 2005 – Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program Podcast Notes: In this talk from the 2005 winter ECAMP retreat, Norman uncovers the complementary relationship between faith and experience. This 12 minute clip will nourish and ground your curiosity… What is this life?

Presented by: Norman Fischer

Jacob’s garment of days

Presenter: Norman Fisher Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes:  N/A

Presented by: Norman Fischer

Reflections on the Torah

Presenter: Norman Fisher Event & Date: October 2005 – Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program Podcast Notes: In this talk from the 2005 winter ECAMP retreat, Norman provides an overview for a profound reading of the Torah and of our lives.

Presented by: Norman Fischer

Where can I not find you: Opening the Emotional Channel to Divine

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: August 2015, California Podcast Notes: What does it mean to say You to God? Our relationship with God forms though listening without language, developing a loving relationship – not with it, which is the idea of God, but with You, the felt presence of God. This place where we address God as You includes […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Patience and Self Acceptance

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: October 2008 – Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program for the development of Jewish Contemplative practice . Podcast Notes: In this talk from the 2008 winter ECAMP retreat, Joanna offers teachings about patience and self acceptance.

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Hindrances and Trust

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Joanna begins with a discussion of thoughts, and the five mind states that hinder our ability to see clearly in the world. She talks about the arising of judgement, and how to bring the light of awareness to that judgement.  She delves deeply into the experiences of […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Thursday Mincha

Presenters: Rabbis Sheila Weinberg & Jordan Bendat-Appell Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Jordan leads Ashrei; Joanna offers a Mincha teaching.

Thursday Morning Q & A

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Sheila answers questions about people experience of the practice of repeating phrases of blessing.

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Thursday Morning Blessing Practice Instructions

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Sheila continues instruction in the practice of repeating phrases of blessing as a concentration practice that opens the heart.

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Thursday Morning Davvening

Presenters: Rabbis Jeff Roth, Joanna Katz, Jordan Bendat-Appell and Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: This is the morning service. Many of the prayers/chants are introduced with kavanot.

Wednesday Maariv

Presenter: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Jordan offers a Maariv teaching.

Presented by: Jordan Bendat-Appell

Untying the Knots

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: When attention is settled and the heart is open, our relationships with our loved ones id transformed, and the knots that tangle these relationships can untie. Working for the well being of others is one of the deepest expressions of being human. […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Wednesday Brief Mincha

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Jeff offers a Mincha teaching.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

The Fruit of This Practice

Presenter: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: 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 […]

Presented by: Jordan Bendat-Appell

Tuesday Maariv

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Sheila closes the first day with a Maariv teaching.

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Decoding Jewish Mystical Teaching

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: The most profound spiritual practice is our paying loving attention to what’s arising moment by moment. This is a relationship practice that leads us to engaging in the world in a totally different way. Through Jewish mystical practice, we can re-conceptualize the […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Tuesday Mincha

Presenter: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Jordan offers a Mincha teaching.

Presented by: Jordan Bendat-Appell

Second Set: Blessing Practice Instructions

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training October 2014 Podcast Notes: Joanna continues instruction in the practice of repeating phrases of blessing as a concentration practice that opens the heart.

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Introduction to the Blessing Practice

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event &  Date: October 2014 Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Podcast Notes: Joanna introduces the practice of repeating phrases of blessing as a concentration practice that opens the heart. It is a practice that allows us to become deeply intimate with all beings and our selves.

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Tuesday Morning Davvening

Presenters: Rabbis Jeff Roth, Joanna Katz, Jordan Bendat-Appell and Sheila Weinberg Event &  Date: October 2014 Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Podcast Notes: This is the morning service. Many of the prayers/chants are introduced with kavanot.

Monday Maariv

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event &  Date: October 2014 Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Podcast Notes: Jeff offers a Maariv teaching.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

The Relationship between Personal & Social Transformation

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event &  Date: October 2014 Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Podcast Notes: There is an intimate relationship between inner work and outer work. Our practice is one of transformation, transforming our selves and the world. Our work with the arising of greed, hatred and delusion is centered at the intersection of our inner […]

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Working Directly with Thoughts as a Path to Wisdom

Presenter: Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training May 2015 Podcast Notes: Jeff talks about the Third Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Mind. This is a practical talk, a talk about what you can do with this practice. Jeff give us examples, for instance: what is the difference between a discerning mind and a […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

What does it mean to Teach?

Presenter: Jordan Bendat – Appell Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training May 2015 Podcast Notes: Jordan offers the understanding that teaching is intrinsic to this practice. He guides us to places in the liturgy that instruct us to teach, and to talk about a practice of love and of presence. Jordan introduces the reflection that […]

Presented by: Jordan Bendat-Appell

What is Precious?

Presenter: Joanna Katz Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training May 2015 Podcast Notes: Joanna begins with the preciousness of both the teachings and the teacher. She encourages all of us to be teachers. To become what we are, we have to go through a birth process. To birth ourselves, we have to be open. We […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Shabbat and the Eightfold Path

Presenter: Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training May 2015 Podcast Notes: Sheila begins with a explanation of the value of the making the Buddha’s Eightfold Path part of your practice. The seeds of the results of our actions are the wholesome and unwholesome intentions that inform these actions. Shabbat supports our wholesome intentions […]

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Walking Meditation Instructions

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes:  Sheila teaches about the importance of a focused attention during walking practice. She gives detailed instructions, reflecting on the connection to Jewish contemplative practice.

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Sitting Meditation Instructions

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Joanna teaches us the practice of sitting meditation. She weaves the practice of developing gratitude into our sitting practice. She discusses the development of intention, or kavanah, for practice.

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Meditation Instructions

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Sheila teaches the practice of meditation, focusing on awareness of the body, and bringing in the widen concepts of Jewish meditation.

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Havdallah

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Jeff leads us in a warm, inclusive havdallah service, using chant and developing meaning.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

JMTT3: Love

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Joanna teaches that Shabbos is really an expression of God’s love of us. So our mindfulness practice is a Shabbos practice, learning how to sit, how to cease, and how to inhabit the inherent sufficiency that’s within us. Sylvia Boorstein teachers that […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Kabbalat Shabbat

Presenters: Rabbis Jeff Roth, Joanna Katz, Jordan Bendat-Appell and Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: This is our Kabbalat Sabbat service (recorded before Shabbat), with each Rabbi giving kavanot (intentions and teachings) before each part of the liturgy.

Ana B’koach: Moving into Shabbat

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Sheila discusses the meaning, the value, and the importance of Ana B’koach a prayer often said as we move into Shabbat. It is especially resonate during the counting of the Omer. She wrote an English version, which she shares with us. In […]

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Meditation Instructions: Paying Attention to Moods and Mind States

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Jeff gives instructions related to paying attention to the Third Foundation of mindfulness: moods and mind states. He expresses the importance of the awareness both is sitting practice and in everyday life. A focus is on whether a particular mood is currently […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

The Tree of Life and the Fundamental Problem of Human Existence

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Jeff begins by addressing the question: what is the binary nature of conceptual thinking.  This is an important frame for finding the solution to the problem of defining the task of a human life:  alignment with loving attention/connection to the truth of […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Teaching Torah through the Lens of Mindfulness | Teaching Mindfulness through the Lens of Torah

Presenter: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Podcast Notes: Sheila begins with the connection of mindfulness to the cycle of Jewish holy days, being immersed in the embodied experience of the intentions arising in the practice of each holy day.  Sheila teaches that Torah has a sense of being a path of […]

Presented by: Sheila Weinberg

Morning Service – Chants Only

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Jeff leads us in a morning service with only chants.  No kavanot, or instructions, or other words.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

This Very Life is Your Practice

Presenter: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: Joanna talks about how each of us has something precious and unique that is only ours to unfold in this practice.  That a spiritual practice is a practice that allows the heart and mind to settle.  Joanna teaches that spirituality, which is […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Engaging in Judaism as a Mindfulness Practice

Presenter: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Training 2014 Podcast Notes: 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 […]

Presented by: Jordan Bendat-Appell

You Are Love 

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Jeff starts by talking about Moses at the Burning Bush, and how God teaches us to live in the here and now.  Jeff looks at talking directly to God, and paying loving attention to each moment of life.

Presented by: Jeff Roth

The Dudele of Levi Ytzachak of Berditchev

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: One approach to addressing the Divine was offered by Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, a Hasidic rebbe in the second generation of followers of the Baal Shem Tov. He offered his theology in the form of a song, known as a dudele (from the Yiddish word […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Loving Attention, Small Mind and the Aggregates

Presenter: Rabbi Jeff Roth Series: 2014 Jewish Meditation Teaching Training Podcast Notes: Jeff presents a brief introduction to the theology of Jewish contemplative practice. He discusses what is needed to support our practice, and focuses on the Jewish concept of mochin de katnut, or small mind. Jeff details how the experience of self-identity is a process […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Complete Contemplative Morning Prayer Service  

Presenters: Rabbis Jordan Bendat-Appell, Jeff Roth, Joanna Katz and Sheila Weinberg (95 min) Event & Date: Jewish Meditation Teacher Trainings 2014 Podcast Notes: This is a full morning service. It begins with Jeff presenting an introduction to this style of davvening. Many of the prayers/chants are introduced with kavanot. A valuable recording.

The Shma

Presenter: Rabbi Alan Lew Event: Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program Podcast Notes: Alan discusses the personal meaning that the Shma has for us, and how deep healing work can unfold from practicing with the Shma.

Presented by: Alan Lew

Softening the Breath

Presenter: Alan Lew Event: Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program Podcast Notes: This 14 minute talk is rich with instructions about bringing mindfulness to each part of the breath, the sensations arising in the body and the sounds arising in your awareness. Recorded at the Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program during the summer of 2007, these instructions are a […]

Presented by: Alan Lew

Five Steps for Spiritual Transformation

Presenter: Rabbi Alan Lew Event: Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program Podcast Notes: In this Jewish meditation talk, given at the Elat Chayyim Advanced Meditation Program, Rabbi Alan Lew speaks of patterns observed in the Torah that reveal the essential experienced ingredients for spiritual transformation. This is the moment of leave-taking that life and meditation pushes us to. […]

Presented by: Alan Lew

Shemot: The Power of Noticing Suffering

Presenter: Sheila Katz Event & Date: 2016 3-Week Retreat Podcast Notes: Sheila discusses Shemot – the Book of Exodus – as the story of our liberation, our Awakening.

Presented by: Sheila Katz

Working with the Thinking Mind, Returning to the Heart

Presenter: Jeff Roth Date & Location: New Mexico October 2015 Podcast Notes: Conceptual thinking has a deep connection to what is being experienced in the body. It is valuable to pay attention to whether out thoughts are wholesome – based in kindness and generosity – or unwholesome, based in desire and ill will. Awareness of thinking […]

Presented by: Jeff Roth

Our commitment to Peace and Kindness

Presenter: Joanna Katz Date & Location: New Mexico, October 2015 Podcast Notes: Where do I focus my practice, if my commitment is to peace and kindness. One can work with the five hindrances: sensual desire; aversion; sleepiness; restlessness and doubt. This allows us to become very aware and attuned, and to choose wisely in respond to […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz

Nothing is the Most Important Thing of All

Presenter: Norman Fischer Date & Location: August 15, California Podcast Notes: Our purpose is to immerse ourselves in nothing, to do nothing, and to be nothing. But nothing is the most important thing of all. What God is, is not our concepts of God. We understand that which is useful in life. We don’t understand […]

Presented by: Norman Fischer

How to Feel That We Have Enough

Presenter: Sylvia Boorstein Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: The premise of an awakened mind is creating the kind of peace that people can have when they are content, regardless of circumstances. We cultivate a mind that focuses on the fact that life itself is happening, rather then on the myriad complex details that arise. […]

Presented by: Sylvia Boorstein

The Elul Practice of Turning and Connecting

Speaker: Rabbi Joanna Katz Event & Date: N/A Podcast Notes: Elul: the month where we are turning back to a place in us that can connect to something larger; to our own truth; that can connect to the sense that we are part of the Devine Unfolding. That the process of turning and connecting is […]

Presented by: Joanna Katz