Threefold Blessing


When the upper root
And the lower root find each other
They meet at the inner point of truth.

Yes, this is it

The inner point of truth
Will open onto Every-thing
And it will be a secret gracious wisdom.

Yes, this is it

The inner point of truth will lift us into Every-thing
Within and around a seamless version of the Whole
And every individual will be known as a version of G*d.

Yes, this is it


In every place where God dwells there is wholeness.

Wholeness, she-lei-mut [shalom] comes through the vehicle of blessing. It is the inner point of truth.
—Sefas Emes on Sukkot

Shalom-shleimut, the inner point of truth, the particular that opens to the Universal.
—Sefas Emes on Naso

Within every person a living point, n’kudat hayot.
—Sefas Emes on Haazinu

From the Sefas Emes, the Truthful Linguist

And another:

Blessing in Three
Numbers 6:24

May G*d blow your mind
and expand your limits daily

May G*d’s face light up within you
What was obscured by
Ab-so-lute certainty

May G*d’s face be tilted to you
And send you deeper within
Blessed with an insatiable hunger
To grow and learn

[whisper: May this be G*d’s will for you]


Of course I’ll bring the prayer,
I said, I was thinking of her
and what she must bring
to all the prayers.

The first word of the prayer
is in the jussive mood, I told her,
may G*d bless, etc.

The jussive has a gentler urgency
Than imperative. I was beginning
to feel boring. Didactic.

I love the jussive in other languages.
In English it is treacly but in ancient languages it has a sense of coaxing
for what we are asking for, rolling off the imperative.

Come on, bring it. Please.

She’s a survivor of Auschwitz.


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