“Welcome to Rivka Malka’s Dream, said Esther, as we sat by the bonfire on the first night of the Retreat. Over the next few days I repeated that line many, many times:
When I saw women with sketch books and watercolors sitting in clusters painting and talking; when I saw women coaching one another, healing, growing; when I saw women dancing, shaking off the stress and letting go completely – I knew I was seeing my dream.
When I planned this retreat I had visions. Visions of women in circles, visions of a Paint, Wine and Dance Party, visions of sharing my story and hearing stories and rewriting the script for a stronger, lighter future. And with the help of the Almighty these visions came true.
Day 1 – We set up in anticipation for the women’s arrival. Carefully we laid out the notebooks and paint like the first day of kindergarten where everything is brand new and brimming with possibilities. The table was a sea of Crayola yellow.
In the other corner I set up my jewelry line. Amidst artistic vases and bronze candles I debuted the colorful treasures I’ve been holding on to. This would be the first time women would see them – Would they like them? By the end of the first day every piece but two were gone. ( I will try to have more in by Chanuka.) It was just so seamless and wonderful.
“If we love each other enough miracles will happen!” Last night at the enormous Challah Bake I witnessed a miracle.
I also begged for one.
“We need more miracles. Never before did the whole of the Jewish people know with the deepest of knowing that we need miracles!“ And it only comes when we stand together. We can’t do it alone!”
Watch this video from The Challah Bake last night and let’s do what it takes and make a miracle!!!!!
I am a Jew and today I am coming out of hiding.
I am a Jew and today I pull off my garb of polite concern and reveal the heart that beats beneath. I am a Jew and today I will speak my truth.
In a world where everyone has an opinion and connection is often obscured by the sound of clashing voices I have always taken a stand. “Be a lover, not a fighter.” And though they may not phrase it exactly like that, many of my friends and fellow Jewish leaders choose the same.
We have sought to make an impact, spreading light – by teaching Torah in ways that people can hear it. Our goal is to offer truth and clarity so that we can improve the lives of our fellows. For me that meant an unspoken rule – stay away from politics. And if I’m really honest, what it meant was, don’t talk about Israel.
How can a Jew not talk about Israel? Why would someone in Jewish leadership leave out one of the most central components of Judasim? Why would I hold back from being honest about what is dear to me?
Why would I hold back from speaking out in the name of my people whose blood is being shed – when my own relative in Israel landed up in the hospital last week – she was eating lunch at a cafe when the stones were hurtled at her face.
Why? Because I was scared.
It transformed me.
You know,everyone wants to look good. What if there was a way that you could know exactly what to buy, exactly what would look good on you, exactly which colors and fabrics would make your face glow and exactly how to find them?
That’ awesome, right?
When I was doing headwrapping work and traveling all around the US, I would watch faces light up as I dressed women in the colors most suited to their type. Sometimes the crowd would literally gasp in pleasure as I would choose the perfect scarf for each particular woman.
And I would always tell them “Ladies, go look up Dressing Your Truth. This is just the tip of the iceberg. You know how I know the perfect scarf for you? Because I learned this fabulous information from Carol Tuttle.”
I would write Dressing Your Truth and Carol Tuttle on countless slips of paper. The pleasure that women got as being recognized for their own Beauty Type was priceless and I wanted them to have more of it.
If you don’t know your Beauty Type yet, today is your lucky day – Carol is offering her Online Beauty Profiling course for FREE for my readers. You’re going to have so much fun when you find out your Beauty Type. It’s liberating – awesomikating ( new word) and this cool, inside out journey of self discovery that gives you a whole new set of tools.
Just one thing before you click on the video link – I want to hear EVERYTHING! What Type of Beauty are you? Did it surprise you? How do you feel? This is so much fun! Just click below and you’ll find out!
It’s almost the end of the holiday of Succos and tonight we sat down to our annual Ushpizin movies. Ushpizin is a movie unlike any other that you’ve seen before.
Set in Jerusalem ( yes, its in Hebrew with subtitles but trust me, it’s worth it) its the story of a Hasidic childless penniless couple full of humanity and overflowing with raw faith. The actors are actually Hasidim and the husband and wife portrayed are actually husband and wife. There are tons of cultural references but it all makes sense in a glorious way. ( And it’s a great authentic Jewish education!)
It’s hard to describe how escaped convicts and a fruit play a major role in the movie and how you find yourself crying and laughing all at once. It’s even harder to describe how clear all of life is after you see it. It’s like a heart explosion! All of the teachings that are woven into the movie are Breslov. So if you fall in love with it as I did and are curious about more, you can check out this Breslov blog. In the meantime settle in, for a totally guilt free movie night and when you’re done, share it with your friends!
Today I want to talk about FIGHT. FIGHT is what happens when you are FINISHED being a victim to circumstance. Fight is what I discovered just last week and it’s what I’m spreading like a fire breathing dragon.
Last week I had an encounter. I wish I could share the details but in the name of protection I can’t. Suffice it to say that this “casual” encounter was something that made me very uncomfortable. The person left and I stood there. A deep rumble came up from within me. “Noooo mooorrre!” it roared.
In a flash of clarity that was long overdue I realized what I needed to do. I saw my part in things. But more than that – in that exact moment I gave up all willingness to be a victim. On. Any. Level.
Read this post to find out how I got my FIGHT on and how you can too.
This video about preparing for Rosh Hashanah was posted a week ago. Now it is one week closer to Rosh Hashanah. In fact, tonight, as I write this, we are less than a week away. The month before Rosh Hashana is called Elul. Its a time to prepare for the Day of Judgment. Even though its a matter of life and death we can somehow we get overwhelmed and let it pass up by.
We’re just like that. The daily- ness of life obscures it’s preciousness. If you feel like Elul is passing you by, you’re in good company- but it’s not too late! You can catch up in no time!!!
PS Because I am posting this video so close to Rosh Hashnah, I am also including some gems of Rosh Hashanah wisdom from my coach, R’ Aryh Nivin.
I am a creative person. And I love that. But you know what gets to me? As much as I love all the fun I know that stability is important. And this makes me crazy. Because there are amazing things to do in this world and they don’t always fit into a neat schedule. And my question is, as much as there is value in order, isn’t there is so much value in flexibility and in enjoying the moment? Isn’t there so much life in creating? So what if things get a little nuts.
Here’s the thing, in the world of art, I’m a mixed media collage, definitely not a still life. I’m a little bit of a mess.
Today I had a great conversation with a fellow coach. Before today, my mind would use that phrase to berate me. “You’re a mess! Everything is chaotic!
It was a weapon of shame.
But not today.
Today I learned something cool; Maybe I am a mess. But maybe, (and here’s the cool part) the fact that I can notice that is a sign of something important.
Today, I’m letting go of conflict and learning how its ALL possible.
Writing is a strange thing. You would think that you know your thoughts – after all they’re in your head! And yet, when you sit down to write you find out things you never knew.
How does that work? If you didn’t know them, where did they come from?
I like to think of it like this. We are souls, connected to infinite knowing. Yet in our daily life its easy to step over that. We focus on survival and accomplishment and the accompanying ego and fears. When we write however, we are one step closer to hearing the soul, to hearing ourselves.
All day long we are getting input. There is no stop button on life. And there is no stop button on our brain. So what do we do?
What we do is we become experts at filtering. We filter out anything that inhibits us from going about our day. We take in just enough input to give us energy and information for the next thing.
This is healthy, it’s called functioning. But what happens to the rest of the information?
What happens to those thoughts is up to us. We can ignore them and miss out on what we know, or we can get deeper… Click more to see the video and get the link for a heart wrenching new blog.
I have a present for you! It’s a giant, colorful gift in a huge package with bows and ribbons. Its gorgeous,meaningful, will last forever and it has your name on it!
Its a vacation!
In just two months, from Nov 1-3 at the Pearlstone Center in Maryland, I’ll be leading a creative arts and healing retreat for just 30 women.
To give a huge and generous gift to women.
To give women a time to reconnect with their essential selves.
To create a safe and energizing space for growth and healing.
To nurture and encourage women’s natural creativity.
To increase support and sisterhood.
What is it?
The Wholeness and Healing Retreat is a creative,
exploratory hands on, fun healing experience designed for you!
We’ll embark on the Retreat as healing adventure using writing and art to chronicle this journey.
We’ll also be using some secret powers!
1. The power of women coming together
2. The power of letting go and having fun!
3. The power of creative expression.
4. The power of Torah learning.
Click MORE to read all about it!