We fall to our knees in ashes and dust.
Adonai, Adonai, why have you forsaken us?
Why have you given us like sheep to slaughter?
We fear evil. The Angel of Death does not heed
the signs on our doorposts or on our gates.
In Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue
The 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. sits Seven-day mourning period following the funeral of a first-degree relative, during which time family members remain at home and receive visits of comfort. Other customs include abstinence from bathing and sex, covering mirrors, sitting lower than other visitors, and the lighting of a special memorial candle which burns for seven days. with us in ashes and dust.
Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Creator of light and darkness.
To write new prayers and sing new songs.
We will turn dust and ashes into fertile earth.
You weep with us in the darkest night
But raise us in joy in morning’s light.