U’fros aleinuPrayer proclaiming God’s kingship, said near the conclusion of the prayer service. sukkat shlomekha [sing]
Spread over us, ShekhinahThe feminine name of God, expounded upon in the rabbinic era and then by the Kabbalists in extensive literature on the feminine attributes of the divine., Your shelter of peace,
Your sukkahLit. hut or booth A temporary hut constructed outdoors for use during Sukkot, the autumn harvest festival. Many Jews observe the mitzvah of living in the Sukkah for the week of Sukkot, including taking their meals and sleeping in the Sukkah. of wholeness.
This week, when we are confronted with
the brokenness of our country
and our own broken hearts,
embrace us as we are, where we are.
Help us to bear witness,
to hold our pain and the pain of others
those of us in our beloved community
who live with assault and abuse,
those of us who are survivors.
Give us the courage, like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
to tell our stories, to speak our truth,
even when we are afraid we will not be heard.
May bystanders have the insight to acknowledge our complicity.
May perpetrators be brave enough to take responsibility.
El Rakhum v’Hanun – Compassionate One,
Be with all the women and trans and genderqueer folks of our country
who have been told from generation to generation
not to take up space,
to dim our light,
and to mute our voices.
Help us to believe ourselves and one another.
Help us to believe in ourselves and in one another.
May we build a sukkat shalom in this sanctuary
and in this land,
a shelter of wholeness and equity,
justice and dignity.
For the integrity of our country and our 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.,
for our sake, for our mothers before us,
for all who are yet to come.
U’fros aleinu sukkat shlomekha [sing]
ShabbatShabbat is the Sabbath day, the Day of Rest, and is observed from Friday night through Saturday night. Is set aside from the rest of the week both in honor of the fact that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. On Shabbat, many Jews observe prohibitions from various activities designated as work. Shabbat is traditionally observed with festive meals, wine, challah, prayers, the reading and studying of Torah, conjugal relations, family time, and time with friends. Hol HaMoed SukkotLit. Booths or huts Sukkot is the autumn harvest Festival of Booths, is celebrated starting the 15th of the Jewish month of Tishrei. Jews build booths (sukkot), symbolic of the temporary shelters used by the ancient Israelites when they wandered in the desert. Traditionally, Jews eat and sleep in the sukkah for the duration of the holiday (seven days in Israel and eight outside of Israel). The lulav (palm frond), willow, myrtle, and etrog fruit are also waved together. 5779
Temple Beth Zion Beth 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.