Practical Judaism – Vayetze

“Sleep, especially deep sleep, is like a balm for the brain,” says Dr. Joshi, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.

“The better your sleep, the more clearly you can think while awake, and it may enable you to seek help when a problem arises. You have your faculties with you. You may think, ‘I have 16 things to do, but I know where to start.’

Sleep deprivation can make it hard to remember what you need to do for your busy… life. It takes away the support, the infrastructure.”

Sleep is believed to help regulate emotions and its deprivation is an underlying component of many mood disorders, such as anxiety, [etc].”

“Jacob came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.”

-Genesis 28:11

Welcome to the new season of the ‘Raising Holy Sparks’ podcast. This year, we will be focusing on Jewish concepts and will be experimenting with ways to take them out of the theoretical and turn them into the practical.
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Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayetzei

In this week’s Torah portion of “Vayetzei”, we find a Jacob who is so focused on his journey to find himself a wife that he nearly misses an encounter with God. In what ways are we, too, like Jacob hurtling towards our future goals at the expense of missing out on the present?

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Vayetzei. Continue reading “Weekly Parshah Reflections – Vayetzei”