Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

‘Bending Light’

IMG_0662This is place of spiritual intent, a place of prayer and blessing.

Light is a universal metaphor for Divine energy, a symbol for holiness, truth, radiance, eminence, love. To pray is to summon Divine light into our lives. To bless is an attempt summon that light and then to bend it toward holy purpose, including consolation, joy and healing. Communion is the attempt to journey into the light of holiness, awe and wonder. And so, prayer is an act of summoning light. Blessing is an act of bending light. Communion is the act of entering light.

My collection of new prayers now tops 600. They cover topics ranging from the changing seasons to the grief of children, from the joy of song to the hope of healing. Some sound like poems, others echo psalms, but they all come from that place inside that yearns for connection to G-d. These blessings come from a profoundly Jewish heart and, yet, they resonate broadly among people of spiritual intent.

This is your invitation to read these prayers and to use them in your daily life. Please subscribe. Become a fan of the To Bend Light Facebook page and follow To Bend Light on Twitter. You will also get announcements about new prayers and stories posted here, as well as (almost) daily mini-prayers, along with updates about my new book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

2 Responses to “‘Bending Light’”

  1. Rev. Brenda Bennett

    I just wanted to say “thank you” for your prayers & reflections.

    They are spiritual mainstays for my own journey and are also often used as liturgical prayers for congregational worship. (All credit duly given – my secretary is a paid-up member of the copyright police!!)

    Thank you – & blessings upon you & your work,

  2. Jane Ugolini

    My sister Donna brought me a precious copy of your book: Jewish Prayers for Hope and Healing. What a lovely thoughtful gift and thank you for writing an inscription on the inside cover.


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