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 10/25/2016 – This I Declare

This I Declare Elliott batTzedek Adonai sefatie tiftach אַדֹנָי שְׂפְתַּי תִּפְתָּח ufi yagid t’hilatecha                    וּפִי יַגִּד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ This I declare, the earth is not ours This I declare, we belong to the earth Adonai sefatie tiftach      אַדֹנָי שְׂפְתַּי תִּפְתָּח ufi yagid haemet v’tzedek                וּפִי יַגִּד  הַאֶמֶת וְצֶדֶק This I declare, we cannot live if the … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 10/25/2016 – This I Declare

Praying with Fringes 02/20/2015 – You are the mirror of our souls

Mourner’s Kaddish (a sound transliteration) Elliott batTzedek So often am I lost, yet through the pall, yet through the tarnish, show me the way back, through my betrayals, my dismay, my heart’s leak, my mind’s sway, eyes’ broken glow, groan of the soul—which convey all that isn’t real, for every soul to These Hands careen. … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 02/20/2015 – You are the mirror of our souls

Praying with Fringes 7/10/2014 – sweet and sweet and sweet until your tongues are sated

To pick raspberries  Elliott batTzedek To pick raspberries you must be prepared to pluck each separate rain-swollen bud — a greedy, impatient tug tumbles cane’s blushing yield deep below bramble, every fruit lost a sin against your waiting, wanting mouth. To pick raspberries you must consider the sun, how it arcs across the ripe belly … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 7/10/2014 – sweet and sweet and sweet until your tongues are sated