Chukat: Water from the Rock

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Chukat: Water from the Rock

Welcome to Shabbat Moment, a text study series with Yael Shy, from our friends at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Every week we share Yael’s Torah text study, mindfulness practice tips, and discussion questions for you to reflect + share with others at your Shabbat table. Subscribe here to get the Shabbat Moment delivered straight to your inbox!

This week’s Torah portion is Chukat: Water from the Rock.

What is the journey from grief to healing?

This week’s Torah portion is full of death, loss and mystery. Miriam dies, and the Israelites can no longer access life. They lose not just their source of drinking water, they also lose the “water” it takes to shed tears. The people fall into the void between the sentences – the dried out desiccated place with no “mother,” no water, and no ability to cry or grieve.

This is real, deep grief. This is the feeling when the bottom drops out, as it has in many of our lives, and all there is, for miles around, is desert and lifelessness. What do we do when these moments in life present themselves to us?

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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