Beyond Religion: Finding Relevance in Biblical Narratives For Daily Life

In today’s episode we talk about the role of luck, giving up conventional understanding and “the crack where the light gets in”.

Index of Hebrew words

אב – father – av

אבן – stone – even

הבנה – understanding – havanah

אברהם אהב + רם – Abraham – Avraham (Ahav-ram = loves the higher)

משיח – messiah – mashiach

מזל – luck – mazal

כוכבים – stars – kochavim

זרע – sperm – zera

לספור – to count – lispor

Further Links & Reading

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, by Richard Bach

The Blue Angel (1930)

Midrash Bereshit Rabah

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The Sting Of Uncertainty: Leaving Familiar Ground and Uncovering New Life

After a short pause (well, actually a few months… ) we’re back with another episode of our Bible Stories As Blueprints of the Soul Podcast in which we try to bring a new perspective to ancient narratives by marrying contemplative tradition and contemporary discourse

In today’s episode we discuss different ways of dealing with uncertainty as reflected in the story about Abraham and his father Terach.

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Swallowed In The Sea of Belief

In today’s episode we talk about the inner struggle between knowledge and belief, the pulling power of belief and a basic sense of trust.

A key to understand the bible stories, is to see what kind of role every figure plays, since all the bible stories are actually being told in one person.

So for example, when we speak about Moses, we speak about the sense of belief in a person’s life, and when we mention the name of Aaron, we mean the aspect of the great Cohen in a person, or the great priest which is referring to the sphere of wisdom that illuminates a person life.

Going back to our weekly portion, to “Parashat Beshalach“, in this episode we talk about Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and about Moses, who leads the sons of Israel out of Egypt and symbolizes the “pulling power” of belief

In this conversation we try to see who is Pharaoh in a person, who is Moses from an inner standpoint, why Pharaoh regrets and chases Israel on their way out of Egypt, what is the Red Sea, how belief can swallow every calculation, and why at the end of the day, belief or trust can win any battle — all of this and more in the following conversation.

Shabat Shalom

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