Posts Tagged ‘Breisheit’

 

Before the Beginning

Posted on: January 12th, 2020 by Alden No Comments

A brief meditation inspired by the opening five lines of Torah, Gen. 1:1-5, the first day of creation, and, perhaps, the moments in which G-d alone imagined the world before the beginning. This appears in my new book, This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer

Before the Beginning
From eternity,
From the place beyond the highest heavens,
Where stillness is motion
And motion is stillness,
Where nothing and everything meet,
Where time and timelessness are one,
G-d imagined a universe
In which existence
Could only begin
By first
Creating light.

.ויהי-ערב ויהי-בקר, יום אחד
Viyhi erev, vivhi voker, yom echad.
And there was
Evening and there was
Morning.
A first day.

© 2021 CCAR Press from This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer

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Breisheit: For Creation

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by tobendlight No Comments

Park TimnaThis is a simple prayer to remember the majesty of G-d’s creation. It’s the first of a series of prayers and poems tied to the parasha of the week. Some, like this one, will be repostings because the particular piece fits with the Torah reading. Others will be new pieces. To listen as you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. This piece appears in This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day from CCAR Press.

 

For Creation
Author of life,
Architect of creation,
Artist of earth,
Your works declare Your Holy Name.

Mighty rivers,
Turbulent seas,
Towering mountains,
Rolling hills,
Vast spaces of brilliance and grandeur.

You created pallet and paint,
Color and hue,
Shape and form,
Abundant and beautiful,
Glorious and majestic,
Full of mystery and wonder.

Blessed are You,
With divine love You created a world of splendor.

© 2017 CCAR Press from This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day

Postscript: Other prayers about creation include: “To Know Your Word” and “About the Rainbow.” This piece was originally posted November 28, 2010.

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