Our October 2017 service

Our litury and torah study text are online! We celebrated Shemini Atzeret, the water drawing/pouring ceremony and throughout the service explored the story of Bereshit, where sky was made to separate the waters above from the waters below before Elohim named sky Shamayim. In our torah study, we looked at these verses and at its … Continue reading Our October 2017 service

Praying with Fringes 07/07/2017 – and pledge my allegiance to all the dirt of the world

Patriotism Ellie Schoenfeld My country is this dirt that gathers under my fingernails when I am in the garden. The quiet bacteria and fungi, all the little insects and bugs are my compatriots. They are idealistic, always working together for the common good. I kneel on the earth and pledge my allegiance to all the … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 07/07/2017 – and pledge my allegiance to all the dirt of the world

Praying with Fringes 07/06/2017 – that same utter certainty of the goodness of life

Reverence Julie Cadwallader-Staub The air vibrated with the sound of cicadas on those hot Missouri nights after sundown when the grown-ups gathered on the wide back lawn, sank into their slung-back canvas chairs tall glasses of iced tea beading in the heat and we sisters chased fireflies reaching for them in the dark admiring their … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 07/06/2017 – that same utter certainty of the goodness of life

Praying with Fringes 06/16/2017 – one of the doors into the temple

Today Mary Oliver Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word. I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I'm taking the day off. Quiet as a … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 06/16/2017 – one of the doors into the temple

Praying with Fringes 06/15/2017 – so I can reach my own face up to his and let him drink the sugar from my lips

Bee Balm Gerald Stern Today I’m sticking a shovel in the ground and digging up the little green patch between the hosta and the fringe bleeding heart. I am going to plant bee balm there and a few little pansies till the roots take and the leaves spread out in both directions. This is so … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 06/15/2017 – so I can reach my own face up to his and let him drink the sugar from my lips

Praying with Fringes 05/12/2017 – we are the ones that trample and soar and bulldoze

Now May Alicia Ostriker Now May cries out again, I'm here, I'm here until tulips roar like lions, daffodils scream like witches robins puff their chests out, sumptuous maples shout for a wind to come over and wrestle, but as for us we belong to the species that thinks it can change the laws we … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 05/12/2017 – we are the ones that trample and soar and bulldoze

Praying with Fringes 04/07/2017 – A Ritual to Bless Salt on Pesach

A Blessing for Salt Elliott batTzedek & Karen Escovitz   At my seder we pretty much bless everything on the table, including the flowers, the water, and the salt. After all, in Jewish tradition, you can't eat something until you've blessed it, so how can we possibly dip into salt water until we've blessed both? … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 04/07/2017 – A Ritual to Bless Salt on Pesach