“The book is very powerful and very beautiful. What I have read is passionate, very spiritual, and well-reasoned, three things that don't  always go together.  I love your analysis of the word matzpun and its variety of related meanings,  and I was profoundly moved by the journey you took and how you came to write this book.
Kol Ha-Kavod.”
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

A Book By
Dorice Horenstein

Our heart is crucial to our existence. To stay sharp we need our brain, but without the heart pumping the blood, our brain may not function. Just as the heart has four chambers, this book is represented by four different types of relationships we experience: with oneself, with others, with the Creator, and with special and once-in-a-life time moments that define us, that give us the essence of who we are. The chambers of this book have several entries, each introducing topics as they relate to Jewish thought and practice. These entries utilize Hebrew knowledge to dig deep, explore, and bring light to a concept. The book is enriched by word play and explanations of Hebrew roots. At the end of each entry, a “Lev Moment” opportunity is introduced, where tools are offered to further explore your own experiences and thoughts. Moments of the Heart was created because of a broken heart. It is now published with a healed heart. May this book strengthen and sustain your own heart.

“Veteran Jewish educator Dorice Horenstein brings her passion for learning and healing to each page of Moments of the Heart. Everyone will find something new in the connections she creates between Hebrew language, Jewish concepts, and Jewish spirituality.
Mel Berwin
Director of Congregational Learning, Congregation Neveh Shalom
“I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking guidance and direction for improving one’s life by drawing on the wisdom found in the great texts of Judaism. This is a very thoughtful and insightful work of a young Israeli-American woman which speaks directly from the heart.”
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer
Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Neveh Shalom

Your Personal Lev Moment


Try this exercise this week.

Have you had a time in your life where you needed to go somewhere but your conscience was fighting with you? How did you convince yourself to do the right thing? Did you go to someone you trust to ask their advice? If a similar situation happens again, would you have a clearer direction?

Have you had instances in your life when you felt that your destination (spiritual, that is) was hidden from you? What happened that eventually shed light onto the situation? What did you do to find clarity? Did you pray for guidance? At what point did you leave it to the universe, or God, to show you the way? How did it feel to let go of your need to know and be in control?

This week, focus on the concept of your destination. What destination will make you feel you have used your compass and your conscience to make known all that is hidden to you right now?

Let’s focus on and nourish our conscience and make this a week where we realize our direction, a week where the hidden will become revealed.

Join the Free Book Club

Wednesday, Nov 20, Noon

In this 30 min opening free book club on zoom Wednesday, Nov 20, 12:00 pm PDT, Dorice will answer any questions regarding the process of writing her book, Moments of the Heart, and will delve into some of the hidden gems within the book. Come ready with questions after purchasing and reading her book!
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Lev (Heart) Moments of Inspiration


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Dorice would love to come to your community to share her passion and knowledge based on her new book Moments of the Heart: Ethical Jewish concepts, as well as the Hebrew language and its hidden gems delivered with a spiritual twist. In addition, Dorice can lead prayer services, and facilitate discussions for your  community!

From the book: Read An Excerpt

Where Are You Going? Where Am I Going?
Chamber 1: Relationship with Self

I am always fascinated at how the Hebrew language conveys more meaning than meets the eye. The Hebrew language is a root-based language, meaning all words in the Hebrew language are mostly constructed using three main consonants. Since there are a finite numbers of roots, there are, therefore, many words that share the same roots. This means that words may be connected in a particular way.

Let’s take, for example, the word conscience. In Hebrew, the word is matzpoon, written in Hebrew as מצפון. There is another word that shares the same root of three letters: tzadik, pay, nun (צ.פ.נ); that second word is matzpen (מצפן), which means “compass.” So, the Hebrew language is teaching us something very special.

What is a conscience? It is that inner voice or feeling telling us the direction of where we want to go, i.e., the difference between right and wrong. I truly believe that human beings are born with this ability, the ability to know intuitively where they need to go, both spiritually and physically. Often, Jewish writings indicate that if you really listen to what your conscience whispers, you will know the correct next step to take.

Although in English these two words conscience and compass have nothing in common (at least not in their spelling), in Hebrew they are very much interrelated. By using our matzpen, or compass, we can know the direction of where we are going, and if we follow our matzpoon, or conscience, we will get there with no regrets.

Wait, there is more! This three-letter root also makes up the word that means “hidden,” tzafoon! What does this all mean? What do these words have in common: conscience, compass, and hidden? Consider this: sometimes our conscience is hidden from us and sometimes where we need to go is hidden from us. Knowledge of having these three Hebrew words connected means that we need to work hard to uncover what is hidden in our lives and then bring this discovery to the surface so it can guide us