Archive for the ‘Hebrew Wisdom’ Category

Your Unique Letter, Your Unique Story

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by Marc Gafni 1 Comment

In the mythic teaching of ancient Hebrew mysticism, the calligraphy of your Unique Letter in the cosmic scroll is determined by the particular angle at which you were situated in relationship to the revelation at Mount Sinai. Sinai, in the great Hebr ...

Redeem suffering

Posted on: October 1st, 2012 by Marc Gafni 2 Comments

How does your Unique Christ Self redeem suffering? When the who of suffering becomes clear, then you can bear almost any how.  When you realize that the particular pain you feel is an intrinsic part of your passion and presence, part of your path ...

Daily Wisdom: To Greet With God’s Name

Posted on: September 22nd, 2012 by Marc Gafni 1 Comment

The world over, God’s name is evoked in greetings. The Spanish hello – ‘Olah’ – originated in Arab Spain from the term “O’Allah” – Allah of course being the Arab appellation of God. In Bavarian German they say ‘Gruss G ...

The Daily Wisdom: The Crying of Ishmael

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Marc Gafni 2 Comments

God responds to the crying of Ishmael and not the crying of Hagar. Ishmael represents the crying of the baby with which all life begins. Why does the baby cry? The baby is hungry, the baby is afraid, the baby is vulnerable, the baby is lonely. The ba ...

Daily Wisdom: A Name with the power to Heal

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Marc Gafni 2 Comments

 Why do we respond to death not with an exclamation of comfort, but with the Kaddish – a seemingly theological statement, “Magnified and Exalted is his great name”? The answer holds one of the most sacred mysteries of love rooted in the se ...

The Essential I (By Dr. Marc Gafni)

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

By Dr. Marc Gafni In this excerpt from Reclaiming Rosh Hashanah: The Dance of Tears (forthcoming), Dr. Marc Gafni explores the Garden of Eden biblical story and Abraham Kook’s teaching on the “inner essential I,” through which we come to u ...

Prayer: a pointing-out instruction for God

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

By Marc Gafni We are all despearate for communion. It is what makes our lives worth living. Communion is the movement from loneliness to loving. It is the experience of being held and received. We are all systematically mis-recognized. To be recogniz ...

Daily Wisdom Post: The Stones Will Sparkle

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

Now let me share with you something truly beautiful. It is a sort of Hebrew mystic expansion of Traherne’s moment of rapture. It is one of my favorite stories. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: Perception is Love

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

The Kabbalists were often referred to as Mistaklim or Chozim, roughly translated as the Lookers or Seers. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: I Can’t Do It Without You

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

The Kabbalists takes the mandate of love implicit in self perception – one step further. I need to understand that not only am I a part of God but I am also a partner to God. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: Identity

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

The unfolding of the universe entails full divine loving presence. The divine perspective changes to include human beings. It is an intimate relation of shared identity. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: Void and Eros

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

The mystics teach us that to access the erotics of being – the fullness of ourselves in every moment - we need to first linger in the emptiness for a time. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: Perception as Creation

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

The language of God is man. We are not just God’s messengers, we are God’s language and voice, the means by which she shares her message. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: YES!

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

In Hebrew the word yes – Kein – means integrity. Yes is the ultimate affirmation of our integrity. The question of your existence is whether you can say yes to the adventure that is your life. ...

Daily Wisdom Post: I Yearn Therefore I Am

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Marc Gafni No Comments

It is said that the Great Maggid would convene his inner circle every night to teach them the sacred texts. All of his greatest students would gather. ...