Posts tagged ‘joy’

Farewell Ushpizot, Ushpizin: Meditation Before Taking Down a Sukkah

Each year, we construct beautiful dwellings for Sukkot. We intentionally create temporary, holy spaces. We invite the presence of honored guests, the ushpizin, seven prophets, patriarchs and kings of…

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Beauty Dances

On Sukkot, joy and beauty arrive. We are called to bring that beauty into the world. This piece appears in This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a…

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Dance in the Madness

A song of the spiritual traveler about the dance between spiritual forces that uplift and those the can crush us. This is one of just a…

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Looking Back at Our Long Marriage

A simple prayer to be said after years and years of marriage. Here’s a related prayer, a “Blessing for a Spouse / Partner.” And for those…

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Give Love Wings

A new prayer about the holiness of love. Give Love Wings Give your love wings To soar with the music and the prayers That dance between…

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My Life in Yours

About four years ago I wrote a love song. As I strolled alone along Jerusalem’s old railway walking path, these words simply appeared. Strange. I wasn’t…

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Sacred Silly

This playful and unexpected prayer/poem makes fun of my own seriousness about writing prayers and liturgy. And I need a break from the intensity of affairs…

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Bind Our Hearts

Mazal Tov to my daughter Nikki Braziel-Solovy and her man Prometheus Kevin Trotsky on their engagement. This wedding day prayer alludes to the sheva brachot –…

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Recipe for a Life

In one of my writing fantasies, a famous chef proposes that we coauthor a cook book/prayer book. Yum. This will be the opening prayer. It was…

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Ha’azinu: We Are Music

In this week’s parasha Ha’azinu (Deut. 22), Moses sings a majestic farewell song, beginning by calling on the heavens to hear. The Haftarah (II Sam. 22:1-51)…

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