Day 2: Blogging with Eyes Closed on JWRP

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December 9, 2014 — I am so tired, but I just can’t go to sleep until I express in writing the power of Day 2. Besides, I decided that I’ll sleep in the Next World.  There is way too much to do here and now!

We began the day with an insightful, inspiring, not to mention hilarious talk by Nili Couzens:  “The Kabbalah of Love and Marriage.” I heard this talk many years ago as a young(er) wife and new(er) mother, and as I heard it again I felt so grateful that I received that gift — timeless wisdom that can bring our marriages to a level of holiness — then and that the 200 women in the room were getting it now.

Then, we headed to Tsfat (Safed) for a day of spiritual melting. We learned about the spiritual ability every Jewish woman has to “Let It G0,” and how “it” is anything and everything that might be holding us back from joy  — fear, anger, worry, or guilt.

Judaism gives us a venue to release ourselves from the shackles of the past and to embrace hope for the future.

OK. I am more awake now. Just writing about it invigorates me!

Also, the ladies who led our tours today were so beautiful, radiant, elegant, and incredibly down to earth and cool. We saw these qualities in them, and I could tell that many of the women on the trip began to feel those qualities in themselves, perhaps for the first time (or the first time in a very long time.)

We spent time shopping, roaming the streets of Tsfat and met up at the Red Hahn Restaurant, the oldest standing building in Tsfat, which is more than 800 years old! The women were drumming and singing and we ate and danced and sang and felt as if we were catapolted into another dimesion.

Can you feel the MOMENTUM?

[alert type=”info” close=”true”]Chaya Parkoff and Ellyn Hutt are leading a contingency of 13 Jewish women from Denver this month for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Chaya will be blogging about the trip and the experiences of the group here on The Jewish Experience Blog. If you’re interested in joining the next JWRP trip, contact us![/alert]