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Advantages of Insomnia

A legacy from my mother – on her yahrzeit.

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Published: March 18, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 31

(31) Jack Altman, July 2, 2012 4:53 AM

interested in Judaism,I am a holocaust (auschwitz survivor)

Interested to hear comments,from Jewish and none Jewish poeple,trying to help make our world a better place,for humanity without prejudice and hate,regardles of color or religion. We must act like civilized and good poeple,with respect love and compassion. From a holocaust (auschwitz) survivor. J.A.

(30) Joanne, April 1, 2012 2:54 AM

The Bedtime Shema

I usually do at least part of the Bedtime Shema from the ArtScroll siddur. Including asking G-d to help us sleep, forgiving others, saying the Shema and Adon Olam, and some psalms. It helps me fall asleep and get a good night's rest. Usually, when I awake, I have answers to problems that were in the back of my mind, that came while I was sleeping! I shared this with my Breast Cancer Survivor's networking group. One woman said she found it online with the English translation. She asked her husband why he, of more observant background, never told her about this. Perhaps he does not do it himself. It's a wonderful thing, including invoking protective angels and HaShem's Shekinah to be with us. The Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps...so that we may.

(29) Anonymous, March 30, 2012 5:34 AM

i PREFER TO BE SO TIRED THAT i FALL ASLEEP QUICKLY

lYING IN BED IS NOT A GOOD TIME FOR ME AND i WISH IT WERE MORNING - i THINK OF MY HUSBAND WHO PASSED AWAY - i THINK OF MY DUGHTER AND GRANDCHILDREN WHO LIVE IN ISRAEL - i THINK ABOUT HOW i MAY NOT LIVE TO SEE THEM MARRIED OR EVEN bAT?BAR MITZVAHED. iN THE DAYTIME i THINK i AM A POSITIVE PERSON BUT AT NIGHT - ALL THE THINGS i CANNOT CONTROL SINK IN - AND THE PAIN OF THE DISTANCE FROM THEM. i FEAR DYING WITHOUT ACCOMPLISHING WHAT i HOPE TO DO - AND WORRY MORE THAT i DON'T KNOW WHAT i WANT TO ACCOMPLISH. i FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE WHAT i HAVE, BUT i AM FRIGHTENED OF THE FUTURE - i WOULD NEVER TELL THEM, SO i GUESS THAT'S WHY i AM WRITING IT TO YOU NOW. LAYLA TOV!

(28) Esther, March 27, 2012 3:23 AM

it's good

Although i usually fall asleep as soon as i hit the pillow, there are times when i just lie in bed and think. in my opinion, it is important to have times for that. as you lie in bed at night, think about how much Hashem loves you and how much He does for you each and every day. this is a great way to increase your appreciation for and connection with Him. lying in bed, thank Hashem for getting you through another day, even though it may have been hard.

(27) Rhema, March 24, 2012 1:27 AM

I think great thoughts!

I always turn my thoughts at night to something positive and uplifting. If I am struggling with a situation or person, I may recite the first part of the Shema over and over again, allowing myself to surrender my ill feelings. Like your mom, I always make time to think. I naturally wake up at 4am to do just that. It's a sweet, delicious pleasure that I plan never to tire of but to enrich!

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