Today is forty-three days, which is six weeks and one day of the Omer in the year 5782. חסד שבשכינה, Chesed ShebeShechinah. Covenantal Love within Divine Presence. May Her Presence flow through us, girding us for the what lies ahead. May we have the strength to be conduits of love.
Words Are Failing Me
As my ordination approaches, words are failing me. I feel like stopping. Just being. Allowing others to speak. I want to soak in every last moment before this transition, and also to be done waiting. I am overflowing with love, and breaking with anguish. When police care more about their own lives than the lives of children and schoolteachers, I am unclear what world we live in.
We Will Build This World From Love
Rabbi Menachem Creditor wrote this song. In the description box that accompanies this YouTube video of him singing it, he wrote: “I wrote this song for my daughter, born right after 9/11. This world will be built by love: ours and God’s. In the best and worst of moments, non-fundamentalist “believers” and “atheists” are reaching for the same hope using different language. Amen to both.”
El Shaddai, God of Breasts, Help Us
God of Protection,
God of Breasts,
Suckle us honey from the crag.
May we feel Your Love flow through us.
Remind us that we are strong.
May we have the strength to do better.
Previously on the 43rd Day…
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie posted on Instagram about El Shaddai.
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