Psalm 1:4 Not so the wicked; rather, they are like chaff that wind blows away.
Devorah reflects on the Psalmist’s comparison of rootless chaff and wickedness. In a world where falseness, lies and cheating are pervasive, how do we distinguish between ungodly behavior and downright godlessness?
Original musical compilation by Elizabeth and Devorah.
Blow Away (Psalm 1:4)
Blow Away, Blow Away
Lo Chen ha-Reshaim,
Blow Away Blow Away
Ki Eem Kamotz,
Blow Away Blow Away.
Asher Tidfenu Ruach.
Blow Away, Blow Away;
Like Chaff that Wind Blows Away,
Original Lyrics and Music by Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein and Devorah Tucker-Fick.
Psalm 1:4 Not so the wicked; rather, they are like chaff that wind blows away. [Sefaria]
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?
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.
Devorah reflects on the character of a good leader and a good follower as described in the first verse of the first Psalm. As we near the election, let us consider our role as citizens: we are both peacemakers and activists, agents of change or lovers of tradition. These are all in each of us and may we have the wisdom to always choose the right path. Original music by Elizabeth.
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.