This playful and unexpected prayer/poem makes fun of my own seriousness about writing prayers and liturgy. And I need a break from the intensity of affairs in both my allegiances, Israel and the U.S. This prayer includes a line from Psalm 100: “Serve Adonai with gladness…” See also “For the Gift of Laughter.”
Wouldn’t it be fun,
Just one time,
To secretly slip a goofy prayer
Inside the Siddur,
Say, in the middle of the Amidah,
Where an unsuspecting Yid
Like you or me
Might just crack up
In sacred silliness,
As a testimony
To the juicy joy
Of Jewish jubilation?
These poets and piytanim.
Let’s g’faw for God.
Let’s laugh out loud in praise.
Let’s giggle in thanksgiving.
עבדו את-יהוה בשׂמחה, בֹאו לפניו ברננה.
Iv’du et Adonai b’shim-cah, bo’u le’fanav bir-na-nah.
Serve Adonai with gladness, come before G-d’s presence with singing.
Let joy rise up to the gates of prayer.
Let laughter shake the highest heavens.
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