Discussions of the Month: A Call and Response

April 30, 2014
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cultivating spiritual intensity, and awakening the heart

“is an often used kind of phrase
heard it one day in the streets
called meditation, love and prayer”

“Do you experience god creating the world each day encountering a divine presence in the natural world around you? … What does that divine encounter call upon you to do?” -Arthur Green

To go places no one has been. See the mountain, eat another fruit. Monkey King in Heaven.

“Truth Springs from the Earth” - Yisroel Bass

Yes, and matzos of the soul are as bitter bread baked in the sun. Faith is within all beings, blessings for all to give. Truth springs from ne’shama, gift of the Earth, and from the creation within.

“I do not stand at Sinai, I consciously emphasize the elements of Jewish Law and tradition that I find compelling and I interpret our tradition through humanist values” - Tzemah Yoreh

Thank you. Said in the quiet formality of joy in the experience of connecting philosophically deep within yourself.

“Great comfort can be derived from the impossibility of certainty.” - Joel Hecker

Tasting bliss, it’s all tasting bliss. The Kabbalistic traditions have found a path to this, and it is an art of soul, pure form shaped with words, a three course meal to heaven.

“Difficulty Praying” - Judith Margolis

Sitting on the cushion of meditation is a shovel for the ground of our being. Chipping into old hard ash of the life we call our own but is a memory and impression of who we no longer are. Seeking art has been a life path, so much to see and feel bursting about inside me held in by a pit of judgement and doubt. Of all the six directions, where is the center?

“Multiple Conceptualizations of the Divine” - Deborah Waxman

My Israeli friend one told me that the paradox of the Jewish State is that Judaism is based on religion and god, as a state Israel should be based on secular laws so as to not alienate secular Jews, but the more we get away from the religious law, by definition the further we get away from Judaism. On top of this the core of Jewish attention is on bringing about the messiah and a Jewish state, and the further global Judaism strays from this the less support the state of Israel receives. It’s a pickle, but do please pass the kanish.

“Technology (teknia+logia, “the study of an art or craft”), ultimately, has enormous power but must be tempered and shaped by theology (theos+logia, “the study of God”).” - Aaron Panken


while (~knowledge or ~wisdom or ~faith) {

If (knowledge) > 1 { i = thinking }
else { echo (“read this book”) }

If (wisdom) > 1 { we = feeling }
else { echo (“wear these shoes”) }

If (faith) > 1 { all = being }
else { echo (“breathe this air”) }

global var world = peace;


“And I will betroth you unto Me forever; I will betroth you unto Me in righteousness, and in justice, and in loving-kindness, and in compassion. And I will betroth you unto Me in faithfulness; and you will know God.” — Hosea 2:21-22

As long as you’re a nice Jewish girl my mother will love you, let’s go for it!

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Lee Frankel-Goldwater is a professional environmental educator, writer, and social good project developer as well as a recent graduate of NYU's Environmental Conservation Education masters program. Lee has also studied at the Center for Creative Ecology on Kibbutz Lotan, Israel and at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Currently he has been leading development of the Global Action Classroom, an Earth Child Institute initiative focused on global youth environmental cooperation and helping to create the Global Sustainability Fellows, a program of The Sustainability Laboratory seeking to design a new and innovative, international sustainability masters program. Other projects include: developing mobile applications for encouraging social action, mixed media video design, leading peace and environmental education workshops, and doing his best to live a life in connection with the Earth while helping others to do the same. At heart Lee is a poet, traveler, musician, and philosopher with a deep curiosity for new experiences, unfamiliar cultures, learning languages, and often dancing to the beat of a different drummer. As student of yoga, meditation, and spiritual arts, Lee aims to connect the inner journey with the outer one, hoping, as he can, to share what is learned along the way, enjoying the journey.

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