Posts by Alden

For Three Leaders, For the World

A new prayer for Ukraine and the world. The intention of this prayer is flexibility in use. The three middle stanzas can be removed from the…

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Hero of Ukraine

This prayer-poem for the people of Ukraine incorporates a quote from Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko, writing from St. Petersburg Citadel Prison in May, 1847,…

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Guest Writer: Hannah Greenberg

My friend Hannah Greenberg is in her second year of studies at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Earlier this academic year, a group of students…

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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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