Devorah reflects on the value of hard work, unlucky chances and the parts of our lives that are ours to shape if we can. Where do you go to nourish yourself and how do you support and sustain the journeys of others?
Psalm 1:3 וְֽהָיָ֗ה כְּעֵץ֮ שָׁת֪וּל עַֽל־פַּלְגֵ֫י מָ֥יִם אֲשֶׁ֤ר פִּרְי֨וֹ ׀ יִתֵּ֬ן בְּעִתּ֗וֹ וְעָלֵ֥הוּ לֹֽא־יִבּ֑וֹל וְכֹ֖ל אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה יַצְלִֽיחַ׃
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, whose foliage never fades, and whatever it produces thrives. [Sefaria]
Sunday December 6
Brachos and Books Noon EST/9am PST
Part 1 of Thinking About God by Rabbi Kari H. Tuling Brachos and Books is a Jewish Book Club with music, prayer, and discussion of selected books. Participants are encouraged to contribute to the Brachos and Books Blog throughout the month. (90 minutes)
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What does it mean to meditate on something day and night? Devorah reflects on the act of “practice” and the role it has played at different pivotal moments in her life. Her journey also opens the door for us consider the investment of time and energy in activities that we choose. Developing a routine skill, and really honing it through practice, brings its own reward.
Piano music by Devorah Tucker-Fick. Psalm music composition by Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein.
Share Delight Haiku
Teaching of delight
study learn do day and night
sharing day and night
― Psalm 1:2 Haiku (A poem with 5-7-5 syllables in three lines).
Psalm 1:2 כִּ֤י אִ֥ם בְּתוֹרַ֥ת יְהוָ֗ה חֶ֫פְצ֥וֹ וּֽבְתוֹרָת֥וֹ יֶהְגֶּ֗ה יוֹמָ֥ם וָלָֽיְלָה׃ rather, the teaching of the LORD is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night. [Sefaria].
Day and Night
The pattern is there in the sky
reflected in the water
on the land
The pattern is there for us to see
with our eyes
in our hearts freeing our spirit
The pattern is there to share
to learn to grow
into something meaningful
Blue and white with golden light
see it learn
―Psalm 1:2 Ekphrastic Poetry (Poems inspired by Art).
by Kimberly Burnham
Hineni.Space posts brief daily offerings (Elul meditations, reflections, poetry, and melodies). There is a tradition to hear the shofar every day of the month of Elul and to recite the verses of Psalm 27.