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Torah of Life

Walking to Listen with Rabbi Moshe Givental

August 01, 2018

Greetings, friends,

My friend and teacher Rabbi Moshe Givental heard the call and is on an inspiring journey from Boston to Detroit.

In today's interview he shares why he's on the move, and why we all need to commit to raising awareness of environmental issues, and living more gently and harmoniously on this beautiful planet we live in. I caught up with Moshe last week, and it was an honor to talk with him along a small part of his journey.

I encourage you to check out Moshe's website - where you can learn more about Moshe and read his writings.

If you know of connections for him (personally or professionally) in the Detroit area, please be in touch with Moshe via his website, or contact me at

As Moshe was walking outside during this interview, you will hear sounds of cars in the background. I've edited out what I could. Please stick with it - Moshe's Torah is worth hearing - and it's interesting to think about the sounds of the outdoors and how often cars and truck sounds are a part of that.

Moshe heard the call and is taking significant action. What call do you hear? What action is calling you forward?

Here is one of Moshe's favorite teachings, taken from his website.

"God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

- Rainer Maria Rilke in Book of Hours, I 59


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Many blessings,

Rabbi Ilan