I adapted the following from a paper I wrote for my Independent Study class at NYU this semester, and am happy to report that the Union for Reform Judaism chose to publish and publicize it last week. I hope it speaks to you as well: How Purim and Pesach Can Save Us BY RABBI REX PERLMETER , […]
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– Jack Paskoff
I just want to tell all of you about a wonderful scholar-in-residence weekend Rex brought to us last week. In 4 presentations, using different modalities, he brought us the intellectual, the spiritual, the emotional, and the deeply personal, speaking from the depths of our tradition and from his soul. Put him on your list for the future. You’ll be pleased with what he brings for you and for your congregations.
– Rabbi Scott Sperling
Rex combined an astonishing level of erudition and spiritual honesty that deeply touched everyone who attended either of these two presentations. I cannot overstate how profoundly affecting both of these two talks were for everyone who attended. Nearly a week later, congregants are still discussing how Rex’s presentations were insight-filled, honest and helpful.
– Bruce Sarlen, Congregation Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ
It’s Wednesday night and I’m still reflecting on last weekend’s presentation at Temple Ner Tamid, part of its ongoing Scholar in Residence program. Rabbi Rex Perlmeter offered a series of sessions over the course of the weekend on the subject of “Mindfulness and the Jewish Experience.” While each of the five talks had a different focus–ranging from processing loss to being a mindful parent–certain themes occurred and reoccurred during the weekend. Being present. Living not just with your head, but with your heart. Learning to experience all the senses deeply. Relishing the silences in life as counterpoint to all the sounds that fill our every waking hour. Stories from the Torah were used to illustrate points being made. Larger parallels were drawn to Jewish mysticism as well as Asian systems of belief.
Yet for as thoughtful as the teaching was, the teacher was more compelling. A potent mix of wisdom and warmth, Rabbi Perlmeter seems fully invested in the subject at hand. Not for a moment is there the sense of just “calling it in.” Like the best teachers, he seems to be learning and experiencing the moment along with his (grateful) students.
(written in response to an article in Reform Judaism Magazine, as found at http://goo.gl/71Cd33. Original of this post at http://goo.gl/j9iozh). La-kol z’man; v’eit l’khol khefetz takhat ha-shamayim…eit s’fod v’eit r’kod… (To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…a time to mourn and a time to dance…) These words from Ecclesiastes 3, so familiar […]
It started with food – I love it! And I love preparing it when time and inclination align. I’m what you might call a patschke cook – someone who likes to make dishes that require using a lot of ingredients and making a lot of mess! (Fortunately, most of the time, I’m also a clean-as-you-go […]
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson As a friend and student of mine said to me yesterday, there is nothing like […]
“Baruch ha-ba b’shem Adonai – Each who comes with the name Adonai is blessed” (Psalms 118:26) These words are more commonly translated (and idiomatically) along the lines of “Blessed are (or “Welcome”) those who come in God’s name.” To me, however, they have recently taken on a different meaning, reflected above. Last week, I experienced […]