Sunday, May 15, 2011

Shabbat Wisdom


Yesterday our rabbi Esther opened the service with this poem from Marge Piercy. I love the idea of the Torah reading filling our minds with light.

Meditation before reading Torah

We are the people of the word
and the breath of the word fills our minds with light.
We are the people of the word
and the breath of life sings through us
playing on the pipes of our bones
and the strings of our sinews
an ancient song carved in the Laurentian granite
and new as a spring azure butterfly just drying her wings
in a moment’s splash of sun.
We must live the word and make it real.

We are the people of the book
and the letters march busy as ants
carrying the work of the ages through our minds.

We are the people of the book.
Through fire and mud and dust we have borne
our scrolls tenderly as a baby swaddled in a blanket,
traveling with our words sewn in our clothes
and carried on our backs.

Let us take up the scrolls of Torah
and dance with it and touch it
and read it out loud, for the mind
touches the word and makes it light.
So does light enter us, and we shine.

3 Comments:

Blogger Margie said...

Barbara, I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I'm really enjoying it!
That is such a beautiful poem to open your service.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Margie -- Welcome! I noticed a new reader from Colorado and am happy to now know who it is!

Our rabbi has a special knack for picking just the right poem.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We must live the word and make it real"...a great inspiration and reminder for Jews and non-Jews, alike!

F.

10:25 AM  

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