Malchuyot

 

מלכויות | Malchuyot | On High

Think about this for a moment: Where does the universe end? 
I like to think the answer to that question is malchuyot. In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), we might call this idea of God the Ein Sof - the unending, the unrestricted, the uninhibitedWhether you're into the idea of God or not, there is something powerful and humbling about being part of something infinitely expansive and unfathomably larger than yourself. Meditating on that idea lifts up the soul to a higher, self-transcendent existence and shines a bright north star to strive towards.

 


get lifted 

This ten-minute Kamasi Washington work of elevation is the stairway to our musical journey. As you step in, unload your burdens. Lighten your step. As the song begins, close your eyes and take thirty slow, deep breaths – inhaling through your nose and out through your mouth. Slow your mind to calm. As the music gains momentum, imagine the angelic voices lifting you up through the clouds. As you stare down at a shrinking world, meditate on these questions: Where does the universe end? How do I locate myself in its expanse?

How do you feel after listening?
What is one goal you have for this experience? What is one goal you have for the New Year?
— Journal Question No. 1

The Ideal You

Kendrick Lamar and CeeLo Green wrestle with questions of identity in untiled 06. CeeLo sings, "Am I mortal man or make believe? Anything you want." During the High Holy Days, Judaism offers us a frame work to understand who we are and who we strive to be. In doing so it begs the question, is the aspirational vision attainable or just make believe?

What makes you bizarre & avant-garde? What’s one thing that no one else knows about you? Why do you keep that aspect of yourself hidden?
— Journal Question No. 2

 

Everyone should carry two slips of paper, one in each of their pockets. One piece of paper should read, “I am but dust and ashes.” The other should say, “The world was created for me.”

-Reb Simcha Bunem

 
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