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Skies, Elul Poem, Shabbat Poem

The photograph above was taken this morning, while walking my grandie to kindergarten. I thought it was complimentary to the poem “Shabbat Day”, by Dobra Levitt.

Shabbat Day

By Dobra Levitt

Skies of other worlds
In the blue-bright air,
Sides of houses
Edge eternity.
Clay-red roofs
Where pigeons – mincing – walk,
Fly the doves – the whir and flutter
Of their soaring wings.
Soundless the yellow butterfly
At its play.
Winds lift white clouds
And sift the sand
From earth-bound stones –
Exalted the light
Of this dazzling Day,
Yet strangely close to home.

Elul begins August 19 and ends September 16, 2012. I found this poem, by Rachel Barenblat, that spoke to me on many levels.


If you offer Fortune a beer
she giggles, demurs, because she’s
“born again.” I’m not exactly sure
what that means in Ghanaian parlance
though I imagine a lake baptism
like the one I saw in Galilee,
robes billowing against dark water.

Rebirth is always metaphor.
Forty days to refocus, like a lens,
then Yom Kippur’s labor, singing
and praying, hoping against hope
this year the old words
and hunger’s familiar pangs
will bear new meaning.

The closest I’ve come
was that week on retreat, sitting
until pins crept up my calves, then
walking the fireweed fields rapt
in my prayer shawl. Friday afternoon
we shucked modesty, plunged
in the swimming pool, laughing

and blessing, then a hot tub dunk
to welcome the Sabbath bride.
We could dip each week in those waters.
We could sanctify every morsel.
We could open our eyes and be thankful,
could dwell in that house all the days
of our lives. And we don’t. And that’s

okay. The goldenrod always blooms
five weeks before first frost
and these forty days are for pausing
relearning the Name in every breath
preparing to be open to awe
again, to be ready
to make ourselves born.

Rachel Barenblat

Shabbat Shalom!

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August 17, 2012 – 29 Av, 5772

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Friday Skies, June Jewish Book Carnival, JpiX, Shabbat

My photographs are captures of sky, water and landscape, taken at a local Japanese Garden a few days ago.

Please check out Jewish Muse for the June Jewish Book Carnival offerings.

The next Jpix is June 24, 2012, so send your links in, here, asap! “JPiX is a blog carnival about photos related to Jewish topics, mostly by Jewish photo bloggers but non-Jewish photo bloggers can submit photos of Jewish themes.”

Visit Skywatch Friday for more sky scenes from around the world.

Shabbat Shalom!

© Copyright 2010-2012 – All Rights Reserved – No permission is given or allowed to reuse my photography, book reviews, writings, or my poetry in any form/format without my express written consent/permission.

June 15, 2012 – 25 Sivan, 5772


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Sunset and Mitzvot

Visit Skywatch Friday for more photos from around the world.

The House at Tyneford
, by Natasha Solomons looks to be an excellent novel, filled with history, and so much more.

Tina Strobos, who helped rescue Jews during the Holocaust has died. Read about her incredible accomplishments, on JewPI. May her memory be for a Loving Blessing.

A Mitzvah can be as simple as helping another person out of a car, or walking someone into a store, helping them across the street, or bringing them a meal or two. A Mitzvah can be defined through helping in a non-financial manner. You can volunteer your time in a worthy organization, participate in a running or walking event for charity, visit a senior citizen at home and read to them, help clean up in your community, help at your synagogue, etc.

Help because you want to, not because you feel forced into a situation.

Try to make sure your life is filled with mitzvot, not because you should, not because you feel obligated, not because you are being manipulated into fulfilling mitzvot, but because you MUST, and because you have a deep desire to help humanity in some fashion, with an almost innate humility and humbleness in your heart.

Shabbat Shalom.

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March 2, 2012 – 8 Adar I, 5772


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Sky at Lake, Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat

The above photograph was taken on February 22, 2012.

It is Skywatch Friday, once again. Visit the meme to see more photographs from around the world.

Visit Leora to read about Shabbat Favorites with Watercolor. Her watercolor is absolutely beautiful. I can see it hanging in my dining room.The post is very inspiring.

Visit Zivah for a thought-provoking post.

Visit Window on the Wall for a live view of the wall/Kotel.

Visit Women of the Wall for inspiring posts.

Let us not forget that today is Rosh Chodesh. Please contemplate the meaning and the inspiration of the day.

Shabbat Shalom!

February 24, 2012 – 1 Adar, 5772


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Sky Illuminations

Once again, it is Sky Watch Friday time! Visit here for more sky scenes from around the world.

May all your skies bring inner illuminations of serenity. Shabbat Shalom!


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