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Wanting more and living more wisely

04/15/2018 01:04:07 PM


By Cantor Peter Halpern

We usually open our Shabbat Halleilu services with a rousing melody for the text from Psalm 150 – “Kol Han’shama t’haleil Yah” (“Let every living being praise God”). Psalm 90 has a very different tone, perspective and message. It is one which clergy often draw from in crafting a funeral service as it deals with the fleeting nature of life. “So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom” states verse 12. I came across one translation I especially liked – “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”
Realizing that our time is short in which to grow in wisdom is valuable in and of itself. When we are wise we make better choices. These choices influence others and may resonate further than we know. It is also a precious kernel of wisdom to simply remind ourselves that “the day is short.”
This week, the words “Taste of Life” stuck
me differently than before. Do we want to taste life or do we want more? I want more. The Mindfulness movement is so popular and subtly powerful because when we live fully in the present, we feel we are truly living life.
As we gradually enter the warmer seasons of the year, may we notice the colors more, savor the smells and the warmth more and in so doing, live more wisely

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