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Introduction to Jewish Meditation

We didn’t learn meditation solely from Buddhism—it has a long tradition with Judaism. This will be the first of four introductory classes. They will be at a very basic level, so no meditation experience is needed, just a willingness to try some new things. There will be no obligation to continue in any practice that doesn’t seem to work for you—not every form of meditation benefits every person—nor will anyone have to sit in a lotus position on the floor.

Each session will explore one or more ways of meditating Jewishly, and we’ll also practice some from the preceding sessions. Among those we may try are repeating short texts (from prayers, the Torah, or the Psalms), chanting long texts without analyzing them, stillness and silence, and guided visualizations.