Resources & Practice for Jewish Meditation

Websites

The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism

The Awakened Heart Project promotes meditation in a Jewish context, drawing on both traditional Jewish contemplative practices and methods from other traditions both ancient and modern. Their website covers both theory and practice, and has a wealth of information and instruction. In addition to their own articles, books, and recordings, the website links to further resources. The Awakened Heart Project offers retreats and classes, including an online class and twice weekly guide meditation which are listed on the Pardes Hannah calendar.

Institute for Jewish Spirituality

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality teaches mindfulness on both beginning and advanced levels as well as to those who want to teach others. IJS also teaches other Jewish spiritual techniques and embodied practice. Their website offers primarily their own resources, including books, CDs, online and in-person courses. They also have a “free starter kit” for those new to and curious about mindfulness in a Jewish context.

Books

Discovering Jewish Meditation (2nd Edition): Instruction & Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice

by Nan Fink Gefen. Solid introduction including instruction and practice exercises.

God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual Practice

by Jay Michaelson. For more experienced meditators who want to practice embodied meditation or bring mindfulness to their daily physical activities.

The Jew in the Lotus

by Rodger Kamenetz. The story of a visit with the Dalai Lama by Jewish leaders from across the faith’s traditions as well as secular and cultural Jews. While it does not provide instruction it is an interesting look at mindfulness, meditation, and practice from both Jewish and Buddhist perspectives.

Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide

by Aryeh Kaplan. An introduction to meditation techniques in general as well as those specific to Judaism, this guide also covers using prayers from the traditional liturgy as springboards to meditation.

Me, Myself, and God

by Jeff Roth. A theology of mindfulness, this book focuses on the thinking undergirding Jewish meditation but does include exercises for putting that thinking into practice.

That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being A Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist

by Sylvia Boorstein. A first-person account of the author’s reconciling and synthesizing her Buddhist practice and Jewish tradition.

Apps

Headspace

Step-by-step, progressive, guided meditation instruction. Fee based after free introductory period.

Insight Timer

In addition to a timer, this app offers music, guided meditations, and courses. Basic resources are free, with access to additional resources and classes available for a fee.

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