• Leann Shamash

When Holiness Finds You

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During this glorious week of Pesach, when we hear the sounds of the Hallel prayer being sung each morning at synagogue, prayer is celebrated and celebration is implemented through prayer. There is the prayer of the synagogue, the prayer in the synagogue with our human voices raised in connection with holiness, but at this time of spring and rebirth there are other forms of prayer and moments of potential holiness.... for all moments, any moment might be a holy moment; we need just discover it.


When Holiness Finds You


We prepare for

holy encounters


wrap ourselves

wool and linen

blue stripes bend

stretch

along our

fault lines

guide us

cocoon us

the parchment

thin

wings of

the Shechina

brush

against us


we cover

our heads

sealing in

thoughts


we cover

our eyes

only our inner eye

sees


our arms twirled

in leather

head bound

boxed


our weight shifts

foot to foot

we bend

and sway


reaching


reaching


for moments

of kedushah

our hands open

our bodies

closed and covered

hoping

a crack

will open

to allow

the holy

to enter


open my lips,

S'fatay Tiftach

open my eyes

Gal Aynai


*


And sometimes



without the coverings of

wool and linen


wordless

you walk

in the quiet of the woods


you hear

the


solitary


call of a bird


or the sun cuts

hazy yellow

triangles

through the canopy

of the trees


or the breeze whispers

against your cheek


or you smell

the impossible

sweetness

of spring rain


holiness

has found

you


the Shechinah

has discovered

you


as the rain

dampens your brow


the pine needles

cushion

your steps


hush

hush


there are no words


let the holiness

find you

fall upon you

like gentle rain,


there is a time for prayer

for the praise

words bring


for covering ourselves in

wool

and silk


and then

there is the moment

in your garden

in your old

gray

sweatshirt

as you sit

on a

wooden stump

close to the

fragrant earth

among the

plants


holiness finds you

and

this

holiness

is

bliss








Hitbodedut- Going out alone to commune with nature, with God.


"Find a day for yourself-better yet, late at night. Go to the forest or to the field, or lock yourself in a room ... You will meet solitude there. There you will be able to listen attentively to the noise of the wind first, to birds singing, to see wonderful nature and to notice yourself in it ... and to come back to harmonic connection with the world and its Creator."

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav


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