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

Praying with Fringes 04/06/2017 – your hands grow more able to touch the dusky earth

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 … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 04/06/2017 – your hands grow more able to touch the dusky earth

Praying with Fringes 04/05/2017 – A Ritual for Welcoming Your Ancestors to Your Seder

A Ritual for Welcoming Your Ancestors to Your Seder Elliott batTzedek Leader: Draw to your mind your ancestors—genetic or spiritual. Imagine them in the different places they lived, the lands and seas they traveled, by choice and for their lives, in freedom and enslaved. Imagine them holding what was precious to them, imagine this gift … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 04/05/2017 – A Ritual for Welcoming Your Ancestors to Your Seder

Praying with Fringes 4/04/2017 – We will wrap ourselves in this knowing

On the edge of Pesach Elliott batTzedek Blessed this edge where we wait, balancing, weighing our own lives. Will we choose, finally, liberation- meaning everyone- or will we choose ourselves and leave others behind still enslaved? Blessed are we when our choosings begin to form redemption from every fragment from any raw material. Sacred is … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 4/04/2017 – We will wrap ourselves in this knowing

Praying with Fringes 3/10/2017 – above and below me

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

Praying with Fringes 03/09/2017 – as you fall from a great height you are finally yourself

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

Praying with Fringes 03/08/2017 – the power that is in us if we would join our solitudes in the communion of struggle

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

Praying with Fringes 03/07/17 – In that shade I have often lingered, tasting the fruit

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

Praying with Fringes 03/06/17 – the action is wild down there

It rains it thaws Alicia Ostriker It rains it thaws the action is wild down there the silvery cold delicious wetness is trickling in through tunnels and cracks whatever tastes it begins to grasp and shove my god I feel it happening through my shoes a thousand worms threaded from their mucus cradles already nudge … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 03/06/17 – the action is wild down there