This spring I took a class on creating our own rituals with Ammud JOC Torah Academy led by RRC student May Ye. As I've been getting closer to meeting with my Beit Din and completing the final steps to becoming part of the Jewish peoplehood, I found myself wanting to craft a moment for the excitement and nervousness I'm sure will accompany me on that day. Mayyim Hayyim's "7 Kavanot for Mikveh Preparation" inspired me to begin the ritual with four kavanot as a grounding moment.
4 Kavanot Before Meeting with the Beit Din
B'tzelem Elohim. I am made in the image of Gd. I am divine, creative, whole.
Eyeh-asher-eyeh. I will be what I will be. What happens will happen. My path is divinity.
Elohai neshamah shenatata bi tehorah hi. Gd, the soul you have given me is pure.
Be here, now.
Blessing before Meeting with the Beit Din
May it be your will, Creator, that I wrestle with you for the rest of my life. May I build deep Jewish community, filled with ahava and simcha and emet. May I have a deep love of Torah. May I pass down mitzvot. May our people's minhag, recipes, and jokes bless my children and my children's children. May my love of the Jewish people grow. May I feel belonging and chosenness in all spaces.
Blessed are you shekhinah, lifebreath of the world, May it be your will, Gd of my ancestors, that I be a part of all Israel for the rest of my days. Remember me for a full life, of blessings, of compassion. Blessed are you divine revealer for opening my heart to my Jewishness which has always existed.
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