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I am with the Ancestors: A New Yizkor Candle Lighting Ritual for Our Own Grief

Lo, my seasons of no gathering, leaves shedding or land emptying.

There are seeds.
But there is no water.
Only hopelessness and longing.

G-d, lift the shloshim of my heart.
Not this season of loss.
By my inability to lift the veil and see:

For human life is not the longest wheat field, or the planted things patiently waiting.

But the paths of our ancestors, who join us in our waiting. 

Sarah, cursing and laughing.
Hagar, with thirst still yearning.
Miriam, without timbrel or dancing.
And Hannah, ceaseless and crying.

Adonai, sow within me the knowing:
That my grief is in great company.

And I?
I am with the ancestors.

They are always close by. 
And I am never.
Not ever.

Alone.

How to Forgive: Opening Our Hearts in Elul

Why is forgiveness so hard? How can Jewish texts help us grapple with this complicated, heart-opening process?

Join Rabbi Vivie Mayer and Ritualwell for an online course on forgiveness in preparation for Yom Kippur. In three sessions during the month of Elul, we will study, connect, and create as we immerse in the topic of forgiveness. 

Wednesdays, 12pm–1:15pm EST, August 8, 15, 22

Register by August 1st and receive 10% off D'vorah Horn's new Teshuvah Cardsa perfect complement to the course!

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