Gravity and Light

Shabbat Shira, The BayitDuring a short walk from “The Bayit” to the dining hall on a crisp fall morning at OSRUI’s Shabbat Shira retreat, my friend Michael said: “Torah is gravity.” He paused to let me soak it in. I thought for a moment, then said, “I may borrow that line.” A few days later, I wrote this meditation on Torah and mitzvot.

Gravity and Light
Torah is gravity,
Binding us to our ancestors,
Holding us near to our G-d,
Anchoring us with wisdom and understanding.
Torah is gravity,
Tying our lives
To our history and our destiny.

Mitzvot are light,
Illuminating our path,
Brightening our days,
Showing us the way to holiness and service,
Leading us to heal the world.
Mitzvot are light,
Shining around us,
With beauty.

Torah is gravity.
May your feet never falter.
Mitzvot are light.
May your hands shine with grace.

Blessed are G-d’s gifts.

© 2014 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Shabbat Shira was an amazing “reboot” to my creativity. I wrote many new pieces there, including “Sephardi Quarter Note,” and began several others. My friend Rabbi Larry Carol and I wrote a song together called “Only Now.” Here’s a link to his blog post about it. In the coming weeks I’ll post additional prayers written because of that amazing event. Shabbat Shira 2015 is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 22-25.

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Photo Source: Facebook Photo of “The Bayit” at OSRUI during 2014’s Shabbat Shira

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