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Coffee - have you had your daily exorcism?

By returning sephardim, March 12, 2010

Coffee - The ancient healing energy
So, have you had your daily Judaic healing exorcism? Probably ... in a way.

Sephardic medicine of the home honours coffee as a great healer and protector. Coffee is a big part of Jewish culture and cuisine; we've been doing the caffeine kick longer than most. For other's tea cakes we have coffee cake.

The 'Mode Ani' or prayer of waking and restoration of body and soul, the 'Netila' or washing of shadows, is followed by the Asher Yasar. Here we give thanks for be awoken; lifted from the dead towards oneness.


The Power of Words - Shemiras HaLashon

By returning sephardim, February 26, 2010

I would like to mention 'Shemiras HaLashon'. I will try, uncharacteristically I realise, to keep this brief. There have been numerous personal insults, accusations of anti-Semitism, people seemingly declaiming Rabbis, (though perhaps I got this very wrong?). We appear to be turning discussion of Torah into a public brawl. We are told, always, of the power of words and of their sanctity. Debating and evolving understanding is something we must do. Insulting one another is something we surely must not!

'Death and life are in the power of the tongue;


Halakha of the Heart - mapping the path with a chorus of voices

By returning sephardim, February 20, 2010

I see Halakha as a map with our hearts as the compass. We each use our hearts and insights, when two Jews speak of Torah there are three opinions given breath. Limited by modern interpretations of 'law', we speak surely of the way of navigating, of walking closer to Oneness?