In our Fringes Havurah/Tikkun Olam Chavurah High Holiday services in Philadelphia, our martyrology service this year was focused on the life, activism, and legacy of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz. Fringes leader Elliott batTzedek opened the service by giving a talk about moments of Melanie's writing and activism that have meant the most to her. We had placed … Continue reading 5779 Martyrology: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
This year, for the 6th time, Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah and Tikkun Olam Chavurah are co-creating High Holiday services, led by Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Elliott batTzedek and Karen Escovitz. Our services are a combination of traditional and original liturgy, along with a rich musical experience, and social justice-centered talks and Torah study. We create … Continue reading High Holidays 5779/2018
As we approach Tisha B'Av this year, our Beloved Community is grieving. Not for the fall of the Temple, but for the fall of our own country, a great shattering of (what was already stretched thin) trust, a growing dread fear. It is traditional to recite psalms daily, especially Psalm 137. Fringes' member Sue Hoffman … Continue reading Tisha B’Av: Crying Out
Here's a new liturgical element we're trying out, in the slot for Blessing for Redemption. We sang in between the chunk of lines, because singing/chanting helps our minds and hearts and mouths and breath get back in sync with one another. This is what we sang, a rewrite of a familiar line: אַדֹנָי שְׂפְתַּי תִּפְתָּח … Continue reading Lest in the future our silence be held as witness against us we say
Fringes met on Saturday, July 14th in the social hall at Germantown Friends Meeting House. In response to the ugliness of the political world around us, we prayed, sang, and learned together about the history of ICE and strategies communities are using to confront it. You find our liturgy here: July 2018: and declare to … Continue reading Praying with Fringes July 2018
Has my heart gone to sleep? Antonio Machado Has my heart gone to sleep? Have the beehives of my dreams stopped working, the waterwheel of the mind run dry, scoops turning empty, only shadow inside? No, my heart is not asleep. It is awake, wide awake. Not asleep, not dreaming-- its eyes are opened wide … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 06/05/2018
An Observation May Sarton True gardeners cannot bear a glove Between the sure touch and the tender root, Must let their hands grow knotted as they move With a rough sensitivity about Under the earth, between the rock and shoot, Never to bruise or wound the hidden fruit. And so I watched my mother's hands … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 05/10/2018 – we must be hard To move among the tender with an open hand
How I Would Paint Happiness Lisel Mueller Something sudden, a windfall, a meteor shower. No -- a flowering tree releasing all its blossoms at once, and the one standing beneath it unexpectedly robed in bloom, transformed into a stranger too beautiful to touch from "Imaginary Paintings"
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1970
On Saturday December 9th we gathered to pray for Jerusalem, for all of her peoples and in all of her contradictions. Read our liturgy.