Chayyei Sarah: The Exquisite Risk of Love

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Chayyei Sarah: The Exquisite Risk of Love

Welcome to our new series Shabbat Moment, a text study with Yael Shy, from our friends at Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

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 Chayyei Sarah: The Exquisite Risk of Love.

“Death, love, death.

Sandwiched between the death of our first matriarch and our first patriarch we witness the choreography of a dramatic, divinely directed love story between Isaac and Rebecca. How does this powerful connection come to be? What internal qualities or practices were active in the Rebecca and Isaac story that allowed them to be open to what poet Mark Nepo calls the “exquisite risk” of an open heart? I want to highlight three: chesed, meditation, and vulnerability.”

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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