Dear <<First Name>>,

It’s already been two months since we completed our journey together through the portal of Hebrew words of yearning - and into Presence. 

We are days and hours away from Rosh Hashanah and entering the Days of Awe. We’re also in the midst of planetary crisis, floods, fires, a relentless virus, dire threat to human rights in the everywhere, especially of women and those who can bear children. We all have our own individual mundane struggles for meaning & ground. To me, all this is sometimes truly overwhelming.

And, this is the time that we’ve been training for. 

To direct our attention to this very yearning, this very overwhelm, as we witness this life moment by moment, with a clear, wakeful caring mind and feeling body. Practice is ceaseless, and the Days of Awe implore us to attune, to return, to connect with that which we yearn for most - and possibly experience their yearning for us, yes, us, back. 

The day before the end of this Hebrew practice season is Shemini Atzeret - a day of pause and reflection, and prayer for the rains. On the morning of September 28, I plan to hold a 3.5 hours online meditation, prayer and sharing practice. If you can make it, I’d be delighted and supported by your presence. It will be pay-what-you-can, and part of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood and immigration cases of Afghan asylum seekers to the US through a MA law firm. You can register here.

Music is a huge refuge to me these days. Here is a link to a niggun, Hebrew prayer melody, that came to me one morning this month pf Elul. I called it Avram's Elul Niggun and I hope it supports your practice as it did me. 

Shana tova, may it be one of simplicity, connection, and vision,

With you in practice,

Rami Avraham Efal רמי אברהם אפעל

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