Teachings

Kissing the Mezuzah Opening the Door to Prayer

Who doesn’t like to kiss? But, how many extend that to kissing the mezuzah?  Aviva Chernick has — as a practice when she comes home and leaves the house, and as a prompt to cultivate the love invoked in the central Jewish prayer of oneness...the Shema. This is a podcast through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
20 minutes – audio only

Turning to death, an invitation to life

This teaching was offered to 300+ people from around the world who gather daily to sit with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. It was inspired by the verse from Psalm 23, gam ki eylech..."Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me." It includes a melody written by Aviva for this text, a meditation practice centered on the breath, and a period of silence.
30 minutes

Softening the heart

Practicing with the words Bilvavi mishkan evneh — In my heart I will build an indwelling place. Softening the heart, noticing what is arising, and turning towards it lovingly.
16 minutes

Guided blessing practice

Cultivating the attributes of safety, kindness, and peace. 
25 minutes – audio only