Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

In Praise

No matter what, “Hallelujah.” This prayer appears in This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings from CCAR Press.

In Praise
Hallelujah at sunset.
Hallelujah at daybreak.
Hallelujah at dusk.
Hallelujah at dawn.
Hallelujah with pauper and prince,
With beggar and king.
Hallelujah with all G-d’s works.

This is my prayer, G-d of Sarah,
To declare Your glory in all things.

Hallelujah in sunshine,
Hallelujah in shadow.
Hallelujah in calm.
Hallelujah in storm.
Hallelujah in peace.
Hallelujah at war.
Hallelujah in shelter.
Hallelujah when all comfort and protection
Appear lost.

This is our prayer, G-d of Abraham,
To praise You every moment.

To praise You,
To sing to You,
To dance for You,
To declare Hallelujah with our lives.

© 2019 CCAR Press from This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings

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4 Responses to “In Praise”

  1. ellen

    alden, thank you for this halleluyah prayer. it will be with me in the morning when i daven hallel with my students. i liked being able to hear you read your prayer. addressing “god of sarah” also moved me. your dialectic makes me think of kohelet… a time for… a time for…

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    • tobendlight

      Ellen, thanks for your observations and kind words. I see the allusion to Kohelet, although that wasn’t my intent or even something I observed about the prayer later. Addressing “G-d of Sarah,” singularly, without reference to other matriarchs or patriarchs, is by design. The intent is to make the prayer profoundly personal, to summon in the heart of the reader the potential for a relationship that’s as close to G-d as Sarah. It sounds like that resonated for you. And so, too, for men, the prayer addresses the “G-d of Abraham.” — Alden

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      • ellen

        god of sarah: i am just finishing studying lech lecha with my students. we’ve been studying the journey through the lens of partnership: some of the midrash rashi points to has helped me build a case for avram and sari sharing this vision. we are studying how hard the midrash works to elucidate sarai’s spiritual life. today i was helping the kids make a connection between the text we are studying and the way we add the matriarchs into our amidah.(i’m guessing the reform movement is way ahead of us conservative jews in this regard, at least in terms of institutional judaism.) it was lovely in particular to see the eyes of the girls as they began to get it, but i don’t think it has to line up along gender lines. men can gain solace from knowledge of the god of sarah, just as women can be delighted to take in the god of avraham. we are so complex in our inner workings,don’t you think?

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