Pinchas: Coming Forward

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Pinchas: Coming Forward 

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 Pinchas: Coming Forward.

What does it take to move from the margins to the center? To come forward from the periphery and stand up, in the fullness of our posture, when the circumstances of our lives so often tell us that slouching, crouching, or hiding is the safer and better option?

This week’s Torah portion features five named women (the daughters of Zelophehad) who step up, speak out, and change the course of Jewish law, it also features God approving of the sisters’ courageous request. The Zelophehad daughters teach us about the strength and the power that comes from the act of coming forward and asking for what we want.

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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