A tribute to Leonard Cohen and a Hebrew version of Halleluya, the word hallel in Hebrew means a joyous praise in song, to boast in God.
I have been blessed to come from happy and spiritual genes. I always see the positive in every situtation and I trust my gut, the universe, God, and some people even call it the Law of Attraction. Whenever life hits hard, I love to talk to people and also learn from stories. These stories can come from anywhere, from the Torah to a friend that has had a similar experience.
I like to feel life,
Even when it does not feel so good,
That is we can get clear to how to break on through to the other side!
So many of us are mummified by our past.
Every one of us has made mistakes and bad decisions in life and,
unfortunately, we sometimes find it challenging to get those mistakes
out of our system. This week, the Torah warns us that looking back and
focusing too much on the past can result not only in spiritual
stagnation, but also in physical stagnation. Lot’s family was warned
not to look back when they leave the city of Sodom, a city that was
being destroyed for its total lack of morality (Gen 19:17). They could
not focus on the past, but needed to focus primarily on the future.
His wife ignored the warning, looked back, and was turned into a
“pillar of salt.” Salt is the ultimate preservative; she is
essentially mummified — frozen into the same position for all of
eternity, never able to grow or change. A person needs to be able to
admit to his failings, make amends, roll his sleeves up, and start
over. To focus any more than necessary on the past will inhibit the
opportunities presented to us to maximize our potential. King Solomon
says it all when he teaches us, “A bad person will fall once and never
again get up, whereas a righteous person will fall seven times and get
up again each and every time.” (Based on the teachings of Rav Miller
In Yoga and in life the way to communicate with yourself and others is to be gentle, clear, and focus on feeling good.