Monday, June 18, 2018

I Don't Get It: A Prayer Of Understanding

Blessed Fierce Mystery,
Creator, Created, Creating
I pray for understanding, because
I just don't get it.

I don't mean I don't know what's happening.
I know.
I know what atrocities theyre committing
And I know why they're doing it
And how they're doing it.
I understand who it serves
And who it hurts.
I understand who profits
And who suffers.
I get it, but...

I don't understand.
What goes on in their heads?
How do they justify the cruelty?
I don't mean I haven't heard their logic,
I know.
And I understand the psychology of it,
The dehumanization
And the tribalism
The otherness of the victims
And the, you know, the racism.
I get it, but...

It boggles the mind,
How do you hurt children like that?
I don't mean I've never heard of monsters who
Like to frighten and humiliate people who can't defend themselves,
I mean, I understand that it happens,
And they're not really monsters,
They are, alas, human beings.
I know they may not mean to do this,
Or know they're doing this
Or maybe they think it serves a larger cause,
Or they feel like they don't have a choice,
Or that they're Only Following Orders,
Or even,
It's My Job,
I Gotta Feed My Kids First.
I get it, I do...


I don't get it.

Blessed Fierce Mystery,
Creator, Created, Creating,
We are not praying for your help,
Because we know what to do:
Agitate, organize, write, call, send money, vote.
But it would be nice
To understand.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Blessing For A Community Celebrating Its Past And Looking Towards the Future

Baruch atah Adonai,
Brucha At Shechinah,
HaKodesh Baruch Hu,

We honor this entire community,
together with all holy communities:
All of us,
And our loved ones.

Bless the ones who began us.
Bless the ones who teach and the ones who learn.
Bless the ones who pray and create our sacred spaces.
Bless the ones who organize and change the world.
Bless the ones who do the hard work of building structure.
And bless those who care for those in need and those who need their care.

Blessed One-ness,
Creator, Created, Creating,
We honor the chain of work
that made this community.
We give love and thanks
for our founders who forged those chains.
We give love and thanks 
For all the links here today.
And we give love and thanks for those
Who will continue to build this chain into the future.
And with all the voices of all our lives, 
Let us say

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Washing Hands A Second Time


The first time we washed our hands before this meal
It was all about water,
It was to get clean.
And we are clean, so why a second time?
Perhaps this time
It's all about our hands.

As we prepare to wash our hands a second time,
I call up every blessing and good vibe
For the hands that help,
The hands that build,
The hands that comfort,
And the hands that create.

As we prepare to wash our hands a second time,
I call up every curse and shred of bad karma
Against the hands that hurt,
The hands that tear down,
The hands that slap,
And the hands that destroy.

As we prepare to wash our hands a second time
I call up every memory of the hands of our Pesach story,
The hands of the midwives,  saving the boy babies,
The hands of the princess, pulling the basket out of the water,
The hands of the slaves, making the bricks out of straw,
And the the hands holding the hands of the children crossing the sea.

So now,
Baruch Atah Adonai
Brucha At Shechina
As we prepare to wash our hands a second time
Let's pour soothing water for all those hands
To recognize the good work
And wash away the bad
And to
Honor the hands that made this wonderful meal,
And the hands that we will use to put this holy food into our mouths,
And the hands we will wave in the air
As we tell our stories.

And let us say, Amen.