Thursday, August 2, 2018

Everyone Who Hears Will Laugh With Me



וַתֹּ֣אמֶר שָׂרָ֔ה צְחֹ֕ק עָ֥שָׂה לִ֖י אֱלֹהִ֑ים כָּל־הַשֹּׁמֵ֖עַ יִֽצְחַק־לִֽי׃
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”
May God bring you laughter.
Because,
Having invented banana peels,
Ladders with buckets of water teetering on the top,
Also politics, war and late in life children,
God appears to love a good pratfall.
And then there's that magic comedy number three: 
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, those cut ups!
(I snort when I laugh, maybe God thunders?)
Oh and punchlines,
God definitely invented punchlines.
Amen.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Study the High Holyday Liturgy


WHAT I AM ACTUALLY SAYING DURING THE HIGH HOLYDAY SERVICES?
WHAT DO THESE PRAYERS MEAN FOR ME?
HOW DO I MAKE THESE PRAYERS MINE?

A prayer is a story not an essay, which means that at the end of the prayer, or the service, or the tenDays of Awe, you should find yourself in a different place than where you were at the beginning.  And that means you have to know what you're saying and how it fits into the story.

If you are curious about some of the key prayers that we say on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, sign up to study High Holyday Liturgy with Trisha Arlin to learn about and discuss the traditional and new meanings of some of the most important prayers of the HH liturgy. 

We'll meet in two to four sessions, with at least one of those sessions during the ten days between RH and YK.  The number of sessions will depend on who and how many sign up and how much time you want to commit to, but four is the preferred amount.  


Gory details:
·      The cost is $36 per session if there is a class, $60 for individual tutoring.  Plus a materials fee (tbd) since there will be a lot of copying.
·      Once you sign up I'll send you the bibliography. 
·      When I know who is participating and what your schedules are, we'll figure out when and where we will meet.

CONTACT Trisha at trisha.arlin@gmail.com for more info or to sign up


Using handouts (though you'll get a bibliography if you want to read the books) for each prayer we'll:
·      Review the stories of the ten days, of each day's service and of the individual components we're looking at in detail;
·      Briefly go over the basics of Jewish liturgical structure;
·      Learn some of the history of the creation of that prayer or liturgical poem;
·      Read different English translations out loud from machzorim (the High Holyday prayerbooks) from different denominations and authors;
·      Acknowledge traditional meanings and minhag (traditions) around the observance and/or music;
·      Acknowledge the gender and hierachical language and consider how to react and respond to it;
·      Explore our own meanings. metaphors and interpretations and contexts which we can bring to services;
·      Combine our traditional, historical, textual, psychological, metaphysical explorations to mindfully experience the High Holydays at Kolot.

If there is interest, we can meet after services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (on the day or soon after) to review your experience of the service.

We will study the following prayers and liturgical poems:
ROSH HASHANAH
Hineni (Here I Am)
Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father Our King)
Unataneh tokef (We Declare)

If there's time and interest:  HaYom

YOM KIPPUR
Kol Nidre (All These Vows)
Al Cheit/Vidui (Our Sins/Confession)
El Rachum  (Merciful God_
Avodah Service (The High Priest Prays For Forgiveness)

If there's time and interest:  Yizkor and Ne'ilah


After the High Holydays I will be offering a class or individual tutoring in the Shabbat Morning prayer service along the same lines ($60 a class session, $75 an individual session).  I currently tutor two indivoduals and I can refer you to them (and students I tutored for conversion).

BIO
Trisha Arlin is a liturgist and very part-time rabbinic student at the Academy of Jewish religion, a member of Kolot Chayeinu since 1997, the editor of VOICES, the Kolot Journal, and RAISING MY VOICE, The Selected Writings of Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and creator of the Writing Personal Prayer workshops and the Liturgist-In=Residence at the 2014 National Havurah Summer Institute.  A collection of her work, PLACE YOURSELF, with a foreword by Rabbi Jill Hammer and Art by Mike Cockrill, will be published in the Fall by Dimus Parrhesia Pres.   Individual prayers and kavannot have been published in RENEW OUR HEARTS: A SIDDUR FOR SHABBAT DAY,  Bayit and Ben Yehuda Press, due 2019;  BESIDE STILL WATERS, A JOURNAL OF COMFORT AND RENEWAL, 2018, Bayit and Ben Yehuda Press;  A POET'S SIDDUR, Ain't Got No Press, 2017; and STUDIES IN JUDAISM AND PLURALISM, Ben Yehuda Press 2016 and can be found online on Ritualwell, the Open Siddur Project and on her blog, Trisha Arlin: Words of Prayer and Intention www.triganza.blogspot.com




Friday, July 20, 2018

A Healing Prayer For Disrupted Immigrant Families




What do we pray for, so that disrupted immigrant families will be healed?*

Do we pray for God's intervention?
Do we pray that the trauma of their forced separation is miraculously cured?
Do we pray that the racism responsible for these policies just instantly vanishes?
Do we pray that easy cruelty is abruptly  transformed into empathy and kindness?

No, because this will not be simple and easy.
And it isn't God who needs to intervene.
So this is our prayer for complete healing:

Blessed be all of us,
As we
Agitate and organize,
Shout and sing,
Write and call representatives,
Send money and sign petitions,
Attend rallies and march in the streets,
Get out the vote. 
And Vote.

And let us say,
Amen


*Written in solidarity with the July 26, 2018 Deportee Suitcase Solidarity March







If you find this offering of my work valuable or pleasurable, please consider supporting me with a mutual offering, if you are able:

If you use one of my prayers or kavannot for a service or event you can make a one time donation via my PayPal account.  
PayPal  https://www.paypal.me/trishaarlin  

If you would like to support my work as a sacred artist in an ongoing fashion, please contribute (any amount) on a monthly basis to my Patreon account.
Patreon    https://www.patreon.com/trishaarlin

Thank you!
Trisha

Friday, June 29, 2018

Yotzer: A Blessing Of Creation In A Time of Loss, Confusion, Fear And Anger




Blessed Fierce Mystery:
In a time of loss, confusion, fear and anger,
We choose to pray the Birkat Yotzer, the Blessing of Creation.
Praise the Creator,  Created, Creating.

We praise the Creator of Lightness and Darkness,
Together in the One-ness,
And we look for the gateways between these qualities
So that we may see and understand in all directions with complexity and compassion.

We praise the stories that are Created,
Our myths, our science, our history, our art, our rituals,
And we look to them for comfort and purpose and meaning
So that we may construct the paths of holiness and truth.  

We praise all those who are Creating strategies and solutions
Against hate and stupidity,
And we look for hope on a regular basis
So that something old, destroyed, may become something new, invented.

Praise the Creator, Created, Creating.
Bless, blessed, blessing.
Amen







If you find this offering of my work valuable or pleasurable, please consider supporting me with a mutual offering, if you are able:

If you use one of my prayers or kavannot for a service or event you can make a one time donation via my PayPal account.  
PayPal  https://www.paypal.me/trishaarlin  

If you would like to support my work as a sacred artist in an ongoing fashion, please contribute (any amount) on a monthly basis to my Patreon account.
Patreon    https://www.patreon.com/trishaarlin

Thank you!
Trisha