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