Vayera: Letting Go

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Vayera: Letting Go

OneTable is excited to announce our new Jewish Learning series Shabbat Moment, a text study with Yael Shy, from our friends at IJS.

Each week, we’ll share Yael’s Torah text study, mindfulness practice tips, and discussion questions for you to reflect, enjoy, and share with others. This week’s Torah portion is Vayera: Letting Go

“In order to truly let go of something – a place, a habit, a relationship – my experience is that we have to be willing to allow grief to fill the empty space of whatever it is we let go. Zen priest Greg Snyder says that grief is one of the heart’s natural responses to impermanence. Mourning losses – even the loss of something that wasn’t serving us – is necessary in order to move through the world. Resisting the feeling of that grief is what causes us to cling, like Lot and his wife, to the past, feeling stuck and unable to move forward.”

Every week, we’re sharing text study, mindfulness practice tips + discussion questions to inspire your Shabbat dinner conversations and bring even more meaning to your Friday nights. Subscribe here to get the Shabbat Moment delivered straight to your inbox!

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About the Author

Yael ShySpecial thanks to Yael Shy and our friends at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality for joining us in creating weekly Shabbat moments for your Friday nights.

Yael Shy is the CEO of Mindfulness Consulting, LLC, where she teaches and consults on mindfulness for universities, corporations, and private clients around the world. She is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, 2017), and the founder of Mindful NYU, the largest campus-based mindfulness initiative in the US. Yael is a graduate of the IJS Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Certification.

OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. The OneTable community is funded to support people (21-39ish), not in undergraduate studies, and without an existing weekly Shabbat practice, looking to find and share this powerful experience.

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