Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements, and Meditations for the End of the Day

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You spend one-third of your life sleeping. Is spirituality a part of that time? This book shows you how it can be.This inspiring, informative guide shows us how we can use the often overlooked time at the end of each day to enhance our spiritual, physical and psychological well-being.Each chapter takes a new look at traditional Jewish prayers and what they have to teach us about the spiritual aspects of preparing for the end of the day, and about sleep itself. Drawing on Kabbalistic teachings, prayer, the Bible ...
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Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements, and Meditations for the End of the Day

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You spend one-third of your life sleeping. Is spirituality a part of that time? This book shows you how it can be.This inspiring, informative guide shows us how we can use the often overlooked time at the end of each day to enhance our spiritual, physical and psychological well-being.Each chapter takes a new look at traditional Jewish prayers and what they have to teach us about the spiritual aspects of preparing for the end of the day, and about sleep itself. Drawing on Kabbalistic teachings, prayer, the Bible and midrash, the authors enrich our understanding of traditional bedtime preparations, and show how, by including them in our bedtime rituals, we can gain insight into our lives and access the spiritual enrichment the world of dreams has to offer.Clear illustrations and diagrams, step-by-step meditations, visualization techniques and exercise suggestions for fully integrating body, mind and spirit show us the way to:• Hashkivenu—Creating a safe space for sleep• Hareni Mochel—Clearing our hearts through forgiveness• Shema—Connecting to God in Love• Bircat Cohanim—Experiencing the reality of blessing• Hamapil—Thanking God for sleep and the illumination that comes in sleepsThis perfect nighttime companion draws on the power of Jewish tradition to help us enhance our spiritual awareness—in both our waking and sleeping hours.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580230797
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.89 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Frankiel, PhD is recognized as one of the leading teachers of Jewish mysticism today. She teaches Jewish mysticism and comparative religion at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, and is the author of many books, including The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism. She is co-author of Minding the Temple of the Soul: Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit through Traditional Jewish Prayer, Movement, and Meditation and of Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements, and Meditations for the End of the Day. She lectures frequently on topics of Jewish mysticism. Frankiel lives with her husband and five children in Los Angeles.

Judy Greenfeld, second invested cantor at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, California. She leads the New Emanuel minyan, a weekly progressive prayer service.

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Table of Contents

Preface The Creation of the Sacred Dream 1 The "Other World" of Sleep The Soul as Night Traveler The Moon and the Night Recovering the Sweetness of Sleep A Ceremony for Dreaming: Shema al Mitah 2 Hashkivenu: Meeting with the Angels Protection on Our Journeys Inviting an Angelic Presence Creating a Sukkah of Peace Movement and Meditation for the Hashkivenu 3 Hareni Mochel: Healing the Spirit through Forgiveness—The Gift of Rafael Forgiving, and Pursuing Justice Spiritual Dimensions of Forgiveness A Personal Story about Struggling to Forgive Untangling Ourselves from Pain Compassion Brings Us Freedom Seeing the Grand Design The Forgiveness Prayer with Meditations 4 Shema: Listening to Infinity—The Gift of Michael How the Shema Guards Our Doorways Listening for God's Voice The Awesome Shema of Rabbi Akiva Becoming One Family 10 Entering the Temple of Dreams The Shema and the Land of Promise Unifying the Higher and Lower Worlds Love in the Shema Movement and Meditation for the Shema 5 Bircat Cohanim: Mighty Ones of Blessing—The Gift of Gavriel The Gift of Blessing in Our Lives Blessings Increase Life’s Goodness The Threefold Blessing Blessings Encircle Us with Light The Blessing of Being Seen Becoming a Kingdom of Priests Urim and Tummim Meditation 6 Hamapil: Seeing in the Dark—The Gift of Uriel Praying for Light Judaism’s Dreaming Tradition Dreaming as a Way of Seeing Understanding the Process of Dreaming Dreams Follow Their Interpretation Dreaming in Community Opening Our Inner Eyes The Bedtime Shema: Short Version Appendix A: The Shema Appendix B: Holy Verses to Soothe Us at Night Appendix C: Charting the Patterns of Your Dreams Notes Glossary Recommended Readings

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