Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Motyl the Fool

Hallelujah Scroll JamieThis short, short story celebrates the pure, unbounded joy of loving Torah. It’s a favorite and great for Simchat Torah. Here are more stories and prayers for Simchat Torah, including a prayer For The Gift of Torah Scholarship.” The image is from a poster created for my Whispered Prayer” by sofer Jamie Shear. To listen along as you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

 

Motyl the Fool
Motyl doesn’t know a single word of Talmud. He can’t recite a single verse of Torah. But when he lifts the Sacred Scroll on Simchat Torah, when he holds the wood in his hand and the velvet brushes his cheek, when the song wraps itself around his heart, the parchment itself can feel his joy. Motyl dances, clutching the Torah to his chest and singing with all his might, “Torah orah, Torah orah, hallelujah!” One by one the words of the Law rise off the Scroll to dance with him. He dances with Breisheit and Shabbat, with Shema and Hineni. And Motyl the Fool can feel the fire of G-d’s Word. Motyl doesn’t know a single word of Talmud. He can’t recite a single verse of Torah. Motyl doesn’t need to. The words know him.

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Postscript: The full Whispered Prayer” poster is available for sale as a downloadable PDF. Click here for the full list of prayers for the Yamim Noraim. Here are focused lists of prayers for Elul, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah. And here’s a link to yizkor and memorial prayers.

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3 Responses to “Motyl the Fool”

  1. K

    This touched me deeply, thank you. I like Motyl may know very little if any of Talmud and am not fluent in my understanding of Hebrew, however I do believe fervently more than ever, the words know me too. Thank you for letting me believe that.

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    • tobendlight

      I’m glad you see yourself reflected in this story. And, indeed, Torah is very close to all of us…in our mouths and in our hearts. Chag sameach, Alden

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  2. Roberta Schweitzer

    Beautiful story – I could feel the dancing and the words in my heart- Chag Sameach

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