By Dr. Michael Kagan
A number of years ago Levi Ben Shmuel (formerly Larry Bleiberg) and myself filmed the movements of the Dance of the Tree – a Tai Chi-like form that is inspired by the Shaking of the Lulav according to Ariz”l. I finally managed to get it up onto YouTube for all to see. If this speaks to anyone and you want the instructions in written form then let me know and I’ll send them to you. This practice is a wonderful way to start daily pray. It has many layers to it as we all know: the physical directions, the body, the sephirot, the archetype women and men, the colors, the sounds, the vibrations, the kavanot, the names of the Divine, the prayers, the letters, the ladder, and more. Each layer can be laid upon another as the practice deepens or as needs arise. The exactitude of the movements is not critical (unless you’re a tai chi master) and the whole series can take one minute or 20 minutes depending on your mood and the time available. It is a wonderful way to say “Hineni”.
If you can’t view the video from this page, click here.