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For Steve Kobrin's Jewish Meditation Class

“Meditation, Judaism, and Self-Mastery”
Let’s reclaim our spiritual heritage!


We will complete our study of the Amidah as meditation.
We will also discuss how to deal with problems encountered when meditating, such as fear. 


We will examine the meditative techniques employed by the prophets and mystics, starting with Hitbodedut – “Isolation.”

Student questions currently being researched:

“I am curious why ‘purchasing / re-purchasing.’ How to better understand it? ‘Re-purchases’ from whom?”

“What does Judaism say about astrology (Mazalot?)”

“Can the Messiah be a woman?”

Review: why “know” the Amidah?
Rabbi Kaplan – “Jewish Meditation” pp 100 – 101

First paragraph most important
Know its meaning
Reestablish Judaism
Great Aeembly
Spiritual energy
Power of words

The Amidah as meditation: “King, Helper, Rescuer and Shield:” four words that bring God closer to the worshipper.
Rabbi Kaplan – “Jewish Meditation” pp 117 – 119

A personal relationship with God
A perfect spiritual space (?)
Majestic but distant
He will be there
Available in an instant
Constant protection
Closer than air
Example: Abraham

Raised consciousness of God

Best practices for meditation
Bhante Gunaratana, “Mindlfulness in Plain English,”
Problems, pp 97 – 107
Fear, pp 101 – 102