I see You in the downpour of rain,
I see You in the flashes of lightning,
I see You in the harsh blizzard,
I see You in the dark storm clouds,
I see You in storms, for storms always followed me, and those storms led me to You.
I hear You in the blizzard’s harsh winds,
I hear You in the thunder of dark storms,
I hear You in the wind moving through soft fields,
I hear You in wind chimes on warm summer nights,
I hear You in nature, for in nature I’ve always found You reaching out to me.
I feel You as I walk barefoot in the grass,
I feel You as I wrap myself in the tallitA four-cornered garment to which ritual fringes (tzitzit/tzitzi'ot) are affixed. The knots in the fringes represent the name of God and remind us of God's commandments. The tallit is worn during prayer and can also be drawn about oneself or around the bride and groom to symbolize divine protection.
I feel You as I walk through the woods,
I feel You as I sit in front of a warm campfire,
I feel You in the little slivers of Holiness that surround us.
You surround me as I softly weep,
You surround me as I read the TorahThe Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general.
You surround me as I pray,
You surround me as I write,
You surround me as I move throughout my day.
You embraced me as I grieved in my youth,
You embraced me as I sat in utter and total agony wondering, why do they hate me?
You embraced me as I lost the innocence of my youth,
You embraced me as I said the Sh’ma,
You embraced me because You love me.
I see You, I hear You, I feel You, You surround me, You embrace me.
Blessed are You, Sovereign of all whose will it is that we, IsraelLit. ''the one who struggles with God.'' Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob's children, the Jewish people, become B'nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel.
, may behold throughout our lives, if we so choose to open our eyes, Your holiness throughout every second of our lives!