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Ayeka Musings

Amida in Learning

Published in Ayeka by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on June 24, 2018

Something is seriously askew. We all know that the peak moment in Jewish prayer is the silent standing prayer. Not saying the Shema, not the singing, not Hallel, not any ecstatic group experience. Everything leads up to this one silent prayer. The silent prayer usually only takes 3 or 4 minutes. A morning service can Continue Reading »

Tu B’Shevat: Celebrating Nature and Changing our Own

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on February 1, 2018

Can a person ever really change their nature? Can I? There are moments as a parent — and as a person — when I feel I have had it. When patterns of behavior (mine or my children’s) make me feel like I am locked in an endless repetitive cycle. Why are they behaving this way? Continue Reading »

A Mysterious Gift

Published in Ayeka by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on September 25, 2017

Many years ago I received a very unusual gift – a gift I did nothing to deserve. I never met the giver of this gift. It came anonymously. The unusual thing about this gift was that it continually changed. It kept changing and growing, transforming and unfolding. With the passing of time, I now know Continue Reading »

Beginnings, and Endings, and Beginnings Again

Published in Ayeka by Mali Brofsky, Ayeka Senior Educator
Posted on September 1, 2017

It’s that time of year; the new school year is coming, the time when educators are supposed to be thinking about beginnings. Instead, I find myself thinking about endings, which of course, always precede (and succeed) beginnings. I have always been this way, prone to nostalgia and melancholy about things coming to a close. I Continue Reading »

A Hard Truth for the 3 Weeks

Published in Ayeka by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on July 25, 2017

The hard truth I need to face during these 3 weeks is that I have become someone that I don’t want to be. I have fallen into an unhealthy spiritual routine. I have become full of anger, judgment, and self-righteousness. I have endless knee-jerk judgments. These responses are shallow, unnecessary, and do not help me Continue Reading »

My Hard Truth for the 3 Weeks

Published in Ayeka by Yehoshua Looks
Posted on July 25, 2017

The hard truth I need to face during these three weeks is that it’s time for me to get on with my life, to get back to being myself, as if I can. It’s been almost nine months since my father died and I’ve been coasting. It’s ironic that at a time of national mourning, Continue Reading »

Ayeka: Presence and Presents

Published in Ayeka by Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer,  School Rabbi at Milken Community Schools and Ayeka Mentor 
Posted on June 25, 2017

What does a year of Ayeka bring? For the student, countless gifts: focused learning, spiritual reflection, exploration of the soul. And for the teacher? After a school year of teaching Torah with the help of Ayeka, educators on our faculty found that the most significant gifts emerged directly from the greatest challenges. What started as Continue Reading »

Experiencing Freedom, Personally

Published in Ayeka by Adam Mayer
Posted on April 2, 2017

By: Adam Mayer, Ayeka Educator and Jewish Studies teacher & Beit Midrash Fellow at Kohelet High School As I approach Passover this year, like most years, I am overwhelmed!  How can I possibly prepare everything in time? The cleaning and the cooking will get done; But how can I prepare myself to experience the freedom Continue Reading »

Thoughts on Receiving the Torah

Published in Ayeka by Zvi Hirschfield, Ayeka Educator
Posted on March 16, 2017

In our tefillot we emphasize that Shavuot is the “Festival of the Giving of the Torah.” The Slonimer Rebbe and author of Netivot Shalom wrote: “However, in addition to marking an essential event and defining moment in the history of the Jewish people, Shavuot is also a time in the year when we receive the Continue Reading »

Living Between Peak Moments

Published in Ayeka by R’ Ari Schwarzberg, Ayeka Educator and Director of The Shalhevet Institute
Posted on March 7, 2017

One of the more challenging aspects of living an inspired life is experiencing meaning during those inevitable stretches that appear to be spiritually vacant. Many of us live our lives eagerly waiting for the next peak moment to arrive. We cross the days off our calendar in anticipation of the next big milestone, event or Continue Reading »