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December 24, 2017
PSALM 8 – For perpetuating purposeful service for love’s sake
Yud-hei-vav-hei: Contraction, inhale, expansion, exhale. Breath.
Our אדון/Adoneinu: Serving You. Mastering me. Connecting, we.
מה אדיר/Mah Adir: How majestically beautiful!
Each breath, whispered connections, exclamations of wonder,
I hear your name everywhere –
in the mouths of babes, crying, suckling
in our most vulnerable moments
You seed strength for the struggle
December 15, 2017
PSALM 30 – Daily Dose of Dedication and Thanks
In times forgotten, they used to rub oil
On the palates of new-borns awaiting the breast
And when words are carried, passed along on tongues
The mothers that birthed must wean them at last.
לחנוך la’hanoch meant to train, nursing child, ailing hearts
And Hanuccah is dedication, lubricating fresh starts.
So we train…
The mouth to receive what is lovingly given
The body to perform what the Spirit can dream
December 11, 2017
Waking Blessings with the Powers of the Senses
Heart beats, knee bends
Body wakes to life within
Now, I FEEL ברוך-baruch.
Lifting lids, Your face
Shines beyond the bounds of words
Here, I SEE אתה-atah.
Essential self, soul
Image of י''ה-hashem.
Listen. We can tune
Each string to sing together
Savor sweet and sour
Balanced flavors reign supreme
I TASTE מלך-melech
December 1, 2017
PSALM 7 – From Angst to Thanks
Thirteen attributes of love, sung to YaH,
Words from Cush [Ethiopia], music from my beloved Yemen.
Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!
From straights, seeking refuge,
chased, like lion’s prey,
terror tearing me apart, afraid
nothing can save me.
Ayin can save me.
Am so powerless? What’s my part?
Can my palms be guilt-free?
Why else would this right-hand extended,
to friend and foe, return empty? Ayin.
Why else would this angst-and-ange...
PSALM 21 – Regal joy through curiosity and compassion
June 25, 2020
Psalm 117 - Sharing Honor & Glory
June 24, 2020
Psalm 118 Resung
June 12, 2020
Psalm 24 - Putting Dignity in charge
March 25, 2020
Psalm 22 - when
August 13, 2019
Psalm 17: Prayer Resung for the sake of Friendship [Tzedek/Justice]
August 2, 2019
Psalm 23 in the wake of tragedy
April 30, 2019
April 10, 2019
Three Keys to Humility: Remember, Give, and Sing Out in the Now.
February 24, 2019
The Thirteenth Moon is Full, Are You?
February 21, 2019
What is Elijah's chair?
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