Tradition & Innovation

Gift of Torah

close up of star of david necklace on prayer shawl

Embroidered curtains part
to reveal the Holy Scrolls.
Reverently our woman rabbi
removes the Torah from the Ark.
In the flickering candlelight
it passes among the congregation
until it is placed in my arms.

For a fleeting moment,
the Torah is entrusted to me.
I clasp it in my arms, close to my heart.
Then, handing the precious gift to another
overcome, I avert my face
from the congregation
and weep tears of joy and pain.

מַתַּן תּוֹרָה

נִפְתַּחַת הַפָּרֹכֶת

וְנֶחְשָׂפוֹת סִפְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה.

בַּרְחֲשֵׁי כָּבוֹד מוֹצִיאָה הָרַבָּה

 אֶת הַסֵּפֶר מֵהָאָרוֹן.

לְאוֹר הַנֵּרוֹת הַמְּהַבְהֲבִים

הוּא עוֹבֵר בֵּין הַחֲבֵרִים

עַד שֶׁמֻּנָּח בִּזְרוֹעוֹתַי.


לְרֶגַע חוֹלֵף

מֻפְקֶדֶת הַתּוֹרָה בְּיָדַי.

אוֹחֶזֶת בָּהּ בִּזְרוֹעוֹתַי,

קְרוֹבָה אֶל לִבִּי.

וְאָז, מוֹסֶרֶת הַתְּשׁוּרָה לְאַחֵר.

נִפְעֶמֶת, מַסְתִּירָה אֶת פָּנַי

מִפְּנֵי הַקְּהִלָּה

וּבוֹכָה בְּדִמְעוֹת רִנָּה וּכְאֵב.


How to Forgive: Opening Our Hearts in Elul

Why is forgiveness so hard? How can Jewish texts help us grapple with this complicated, heart-opening process?

Join Rabbi Vivie Mayer and Ritualwell for an online course on forgiveness in preparation for Yom Kippur. In three sessions during the month of Elul, we will study, connect, and create as we immerse in the topic of forgiveness. 

Wednesdays, 12pm–1:15pm EST, August 8, 15, 22

Register by August 1st and receive 10% off D'vorah Horn's new Teshuvah Cardsa perfect complement to the course!