Eikev – Jewish Practice of ‘Emotional-Intelligence’

Eikev – Jewish Practice of ‘Emotional-Intelligence’

This week’s Torah reading describes the practice of putting on Tefillin. This is no mere ritual but a spiritual practice that encourages the flow of ‘emotional intelligence’ a phenomenon already described much earlier in the Kabbalistic book, Sefer Tanya. Positioned on the head and on nthe upper arm opposite the heart, these black boxes that

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Eikev

Eikev

Although Eikev translates as ‘because’ ‘or ‘if’, it also literally means ‘heel’. So the verse could read strangely ‘if you heel listens to these laws’. At every step of your heal, listen to your motivation that it is not ego or physical craving or addiction.

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