There is a Love that binds
me to You.
And in the Joy of this rapture,
in my submission complete,
I want only to be more tightly bound.
I want to sway in Your arms,
to bend to Your Will,
to rest secure in this unending Love.
I’ve no wish to flee
or chase material desires.
I can’t pretend that “rational = True.”
So I’ll study these texts
and complete tasks as assigned,
inside this Love that binds me to You.
This Shabbat, may we all have moments when we are acutely aware of our connection to Gd, and may that awareness help us rest secure in Gd’s unending Love, so that we might offer compassion and peace to others.
Shabbat shalom to all, jen
My boys and I spent about six hours playing in our neighborhood swimming pool, and this morning I spent a few hours coordinating a synagogue program for families with young children — and those happen to be two of my very favorite activities!! It’s been a Shabbat full of joy, love, and spirituality, and has reminded me how very good life can be. I hope all of you had a great day too!!!
May we, might we, shall we dance? For I think Hashem’s playing our tune, the one that can carry us o’er clouds to the garden above, where all the world’s awash in Hashem’s Love, where we can dance and frolic, laugh and play, where even two seconds feel like a full day, for there is Eternity in the palm of our hand. So turn on some techno, find a Na Nach van; let go of the clutter and set your mind free; experience Joy today for tomorrow might not be. It might sound crazy, but give it a chance — whatever life throws at you, for the love of Gd, DANCE!!!
Soul dancing up high where the skies are bright blue, beyond the grey clouds of injustice and gloom, in the joy of the Love, the revelation of Light, the Infinity where I wander when my soul takes flight. I dance though I’m crying — I can’t tell you why; my soul sometimes weeps over pain that’s not mine. I dance to the rhythm of Gd’s Eternal Tune. I dance as if my partner’s the most stunning full moon. I dance away worries, anxiety, and fear. I dance ’til I’m sure that the Angels can hear the pounding of my heart, louder than any drum. I dance ’til Gd tells me, “This soul dance is done.” Then I wander back down to this time and place, wondering if others can see on my face that I snuck far away to where I am Free. Soul Dancing in Infinity, my Gd and me.
We’ve been celebrating Sukkot, the Jewish fall harvest festival. It is a time when we build a sukkah, or temporary shelter, in which we dwell for seven days. The sukkah reminds us both of the ancient Israelites who wandered the desert and of the Jewish farmers in Canaan who dwelled in temporary shelters near their fields during the fall harvest.
But, as Rabbi Alan Lew explains, the sukkah has another purpose — to remind us of “the illusory nature of all houses” and the fact that “Nothing can save us from death.” This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation at 270 (Little, Brown 2003).
And what is it we Jews are to do as we dwell in this reminder of our mortality? Invite our family, friends, and neighbors to join us, and celebrate with a joy greater than at any other holiday.
Because there’s nothing like death to remind us to live today — NOW, at this very moment — with JOY — and SHARE that joy with others!!
To love with a love too great to fathom, to laugh with a joy heretofore unimagined, to dance through the fire and rise from the ashes, greater than any phoenix mythology fashioned… this is my journey, my quest, my crusade, to embody the grandeur of the plan my Gd made.
May this New Year be — for all of us — good, sweet, and filed with peace, love, and blessings!