Tradition & Innovation

Shemot: Names of Lament

Nile River at sunset
From Yocheved’s womb
Unto cradled safety 
Buoyed by river named
“Mother of All Men”
Under watchful eye
Of Bitter Waters, nearby.
Pharaoh's daughter
Having cleansed herself,
Responded to an infant’s tears,
And drew him from the water.
A life saved by civil disobedience, 
Passed hand by hand,
Arm into arm,
Along a steady stream of women,
Imprinted by rakhamim,
After generations of burning,
Would be the one to turn his head,
Disarm himself of his very shoes,
And say “Here I am”
To the One who, 
On January 6, 2021,
Is, sadly, 
Still Becoming.

Ritualwell content is available for free thanks to the generous support of readers like you! Please help us continue to offer meaningful content with a donation today. 


Sign up for our newsletter


Want the latest news from Ritualwell?

Subscribe for the latest rituals, online learning opportunities, and unique Judaica finds from our store. Plus special discounts for subscribers!

* indicates required