On Saturday December 9th we gathered to pray for Jerusalem, for all of her peoples and in all of her contradictions. Read our liturgy.
Our Saturday, December 9th service will be shared with Tikkun Olam Chavurah, and we'll be meeting at Rabbi Linda Holtzman's house, 635 Westview in Mt. Airy. While we had planned on having a service about dreams, this week's news has made another topic much more urgent - Jerusalem. Ancient, complex, storied, layered, and a powder … Continue reading Our December 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
from I Dreamt Last Night Antonio Machado I dreamt last night oh marvelous error, that there were honeybees in my heart, making honey out of my old failures.
Maggid: This is the story we tell Elliott batTzedek This is the story we tell: We were a small tribe, extended family, really, in a small part of a small land. Drought came. We followed the rumors of food and water, immigrated to where a family member had set already a footprint. We stayed there, … Continue reading Maggid
Now I Walk in Beauty Now I walk in beauty beauty is before me beauty is behind me above and below me I usually this attributed as a "Traditional Navajo Prayer." I don't know if this is true - I learned this song via various women's spirituality communities, which have a rather ugly history of … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 3/10/2017 – above and below me
When You Become the Rain Martha Courtot when you become the rain things get easier your hands grow more able to touch the dusky earth of course your name changes you choose you insist on your choice you move across the day and light follows having transformed dissolved alchemized you have said good-bye to the whine … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 03/09/2017 – as you fall from a great height you are finally yourself
from Beginners Denise Levertov But we have only begun to love the earth. We have only begun to imagine the fullness of life. How could we tire of hope? — so much is in bud How can desire fail? — we have only begun to imagine justice and mercy, only begun to envision how it … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 03/08/2017 – the power that is in us if we would join our solitudes in the communion of struggle
from Song of Songs translated by Marcia Falk My beloved lay down beside me and my fragrance weakened the night. All night between my breasts my love is a cluster of myrrh, a sheaf of henna blossoms, my love, as in the vineyards of Ein Gedi. And you, my beloved, how beautiful you are! Your … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 03/07/17 – In that shade I have often lingered, tasting the fruit