Posts by Alden

For Colleyville, Texas

This is a prayer of healing for the hostages freed from Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, Texas, as well as the congregation and the community. In 2015…

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Crossing

A prayer for Shabbat Beshalach in which we hear the Song of the Sea, sung after the just-freed Hebrew slaves, being pursued by armies, make it…

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Duet of Joy and Sorrow

“I consider it a spiritual awakening that I can hold grief and joy simultaneously, that they exist side by side,” I told Michael Liben on his…

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Coaxing Miracles

For the last night of Hanukkah, a meditation on small miracles. Coaxing Miracles Miracles Can start out as Tiny things. Specks of G-d’s love Floating all…

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Teach Me

A short meditation on learning Torah from everyone. Teach Me Teach me The Torah That G-d taught Only to you, And I will Teach you The…

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The One about Kittens

Living in Jerusalem, I’m told, eventually every writer, sooner or later, writes about cats. I suppose the same thing could be said about Key West, with…

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20 Years: A Liturgy for 9-11

It’s been 20 years, and this anniversary of 9-11 falls on Shabbat Shuvah. Part of this liturgy was composed for the 10th anniversary of the attacks,…

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A Covid Yizkor Prayer

This is a new Yizkor prayer to be read on behalf of the entire community for those who perished due to Covid-19. The core paragraph is…

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Family Caregivers

This is a prayer to be said on behalf of those family members and friends who have taken on the task of daily caregiving of another…

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Music for Pervasive Peace: A New Liturgical Song for Rosh HaShanah

This Rosh HaShanah — as the specter of another socially-distant holiday looms — let’s renew our dreams of peace, a pervasive peace encompassing wholeness, health, renewal,…

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