I had the incredible honor of being on a writing retreat in Santa Fe last week with Natalie Goldberg and Rob Wilder called “A Sense of Place.” Natalie has written many books about the art and practice of writing, including “Writing Down the Bones” and “The True Secret of Writing,” and we learned about writing as a spiritual practice. This really applies to all forms of creative expression, including the construction of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle or Sanctuary) that begins in great detail in Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19). This weekend, Bonai Shalom is proud to be hosting The Jewish Studio Project, which is an amazing opportunity for Jewish creative expression. This episode is a brief exploration of the relationship between creativity, spirituality, ritual and imagination.
Purim is fast approaching and of course, two of the important aspects of the holiday involve wine - "drink until you can't tell Mordechai from Haman" - and giving charity to the poor. If you are thinking of meaningful ways to fulfill the mitzvah to give charity to the poor, here's a novel idea that connects Israel, wine and charity.
Har HaShem’s Spiritual Support Group, called Refuat Hanefesh, is open to people living with mental health issues, their family members and friends. The next meeting is March 5th.