This can be lead by either a transgender or non-transgender ritual leader, but has been written with inclusive pronouns such as “ours” or “ourselves” in the hopes that this linguistic move will not “other” the transitioning individual(s). If the leader is not comfortable with this, in the appropriate places, s/he might like to use “their” or “themselves” instead.
Welcome everyone, and Chag Sameach! A happy, joyous holiday.
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2. SONGS OF PRAISE
3. READING & REFLECTION
You may have lost hope
But you are definitely a girl
Hope hasn’t lost. The almond, orphaned scent
Of adolescence braids
Your life with unwanted features,
Shaving your head,
Raising the shades
That kept you nice and protected,According to the Torah, God, in the presence of the Jewish people, gave Moses the Torah on Mount Sinai (Har Sinai).> Celebrating
Your The 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.of being nude, a crystal skull
Extended to full-size
For everyone to see.
The restless young light
That is always on
Pearls the little secrets
Of your body, misting the habits
That strand you
In the mirror. Reality
Lines up to smooch,
Bites your fingernails,
Whispers the secret signs
That can get you into the best parties –
Or are they anxieties
That only look like parties? –
Bullying, taking full advantage
Of your metamorphosis
Into a girl you don’t even know. It’s time
To fill in the blanks.
Which makeup will you choose?
Which conscience? Which version of family
Will take your breath away?
Your arms, your legs,
Whisper the world you always wanted,
From your body’s vulnerability.
You vowed to conceal
The hope whose strands
Made you real,
But you have been born
Into the streaming light of history,
A shyly confessional bliss,
Because you didn’t have to live,
Girl in a bottle,
4. OLD CLOTHES
Va’anakhnu n’varekh Yah, mayatah v’ad olam halelu-Yah
But we will bless G-d from now until forever, halleluyah. (Psalm 115)
Ana el na,
Ana el na,
r’fa na lah (lo)
Adonay elohay shviti elekha vatirpa’eyni
5. BORROWED/NEW CLOTHES
Today, (Transitioning Individual(s)), you wear new clothes, borrowed from the generosity of your friends, family and community who continue to support you through your transition. You look amazing, and your beauty comes not only from your good looks but also from your deep relationships.
The holiest day of the Jewish year and the culmination of a season of self-reflection. Jews fast, abstain from other worldly pleasures, and gather in prayers that last throughout the day. Following Ne'ilah, the final prayers, during which Jews envision the Gates of Repentance closing, the shofar is sounded in one long blast to conclude the holy day. It is customary to begin building one's sukkah as soon as the day ends.ךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ חֵי הָעוֹלָמִים, מַלְבִּישׁ עֲרֻמִים
Blessed are You, Eternal One, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who clothes the naked.
6. SANCITIFCATION OF THE TRANSITION AND OF THE DAY
(Hebrew and English from Rabbi Elliott Rose Kukla)
Transitioning Indivdiual(s) or Ritual Leader and all assembled say Shehekheyanu:
Blessed are You, Adonay, our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this day.
7. SIMAN TOV U’MAZEL TOV. Y’HE LANU, U’LKHOL YISRAEL!
Time to dance!