Author Archives: Rabbi Lavey Derby

Rabbi Lavey Derby

Rabbi Lavey DerbyRabbi Derby is the Director of Jewish LIfe at the PJCC and founder of "The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice." Lavey is part of a family line of rabbis that traces back to the year 1500.


Don’t Let Go Of Hope

July 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

As the violence in Israel and Gaza continues to escalate and claims more victims, the pain I feel is palpable. My heart aches for the IDF soldiers killed in action, and for the Israeli civilians who suffer an endless torrent of rockets fired at their homes and their children. My heart aches as well for […]

Welcoming The Shadow: Dealing With Negative Self Talk

June 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

“When we were one or two years old we had what we might visualize as a 360-degree personality. Energy radiated out from all parts of our psyche… But one day we noticed that our parents didn’t like certain parts of that ball of energy that we were. They said things like, “Can’t you be still?” […]

Mindfulness–What Is It & Why Do I Care?

March 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Ok, now it’s on the cover of Time Magazine. Mindfulness meditation, that is. Mindfulness is everywhere! Newspapers and magazines carry stories on the benefits of mindfulness; medical journals report on the latest research about mindfulness; businesses have mindfulness programs to help combat stress and to increase creativity and productivity; schools have begun to introduce mindfulness […]