Kirtan Rabbi Blog

GTD: Getting Teshuvah Done

Rabbi Hahn’s sermon at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California for the second day of Rosh Hashanah 5773 (2012). How can we make doing Teshuvah truly do-able? This sermon utilizes a letter by Rav Elya Weintraub, z”l, which Reb Drew learned of in an mp3 lecture of Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita.

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Kirtan and the “regular” Jewish service (matbea) — Part One of an infinite discussion

How do spirituality and “regular” practices interact? What are the dangers of going too much in one direction or the other? We must tread cautiously as we introduce new practices into hoary, deep wisdom traditions.

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Birthday and the Beatles

I’m going to keep this post short, because it’s my birthday, and I don’t feel like working too much — or staring at a computer screen. This morning, as promised […]

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The 70% Rule

Derived from the author’s practice of Tai Ch’i and related arts, The 70% Rule is the most important guiding principle for all he does. It states that, in most cases, one should have some containment, some power in reserve. This principle will return often in the KiRABBlog. For now, Reb Drew asks readers to let the idea sit for a while and acclimatize themselves to it, not trying to “overachieve” at doing less.

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