Friday, May 22, 2015

The Company We Keep - Omer Day 49

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

We do not up the mountain alone.
We go together,
as a community.

Who sits beside us?
Who stands beside us?
Who walks with us?

Who holds us?

Beside whom do we sit?
Beside whom do we stand?
With whom do we walk?
Who do we hold?




We do not go up the mountain alone.
We go together,
as a community.

It is the only way to survive
revelation.
It is the only way to receive
revelation.
It is life.

We do not go up the mountain alone.
We go together,
as a community.

Today is Day 49, which is seven weeks of the Omer.
Today is Day 49, which is seven weeks of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Readying for the Third Day - Omer Day 48

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Adonai said to Moses, "Go to the people and warn them to stay pure today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothes. Let them be ready for the third day; for on the third day Adonai will come down, in the sight of all the people, on Mount Sinai. You shall set a boundary for the people round about, saying, 'Beware of going up the mountain or touching the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death; no hand shall touch that person, who shall be either stoned or shot; beast or person, that one shall not live.' When the ram's horn sounds a long blast, they may go up on the mountain." --Exodus 19:10-13 
Preparing to stand before G!d.
It takes time.
Starting that preparation on this day,
to be ready for the third day.
Keeping our hearts, minds, and bodies pure.
Practicing cleanliness.
We must do it correctly.
Going up on the mountain 
is fraught with danger.
If we go too soon, 
we may die.
If we wait too long, 
we will miss it.
We must get it just right.
We must be prepared.
Until now, we've been counting.
Now we must begin to prepare.
Let us breathe deeply.
Let us know that the soul
G!d has given us is pure.
Let us know that we are worthy.

It is time.

Today is Day 48, which is six weeks and six days of the Omer.
Today is Day 48, which is six weeks and six days of the journey from bondage to revelation.


Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two Chairs - Omer Day 47

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

What is a chair?
Something quite different from two chairs.


Two chairs mean friendship.
Two chairs mean companionship.
Two chairs mean conversation.
Two chairs mean opening our hearts.
Two chairs mean opening our minds.
Two chairs mean relationship.

Two chairs are quite different
from one chair.

Today is Day 47, which is six weeks and five days of the Omer.
Today is Day 47, which is six weeks and five days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Only One - Omer Day 46

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

One Earth.




One G!d.


Photo by Mary North Allen

One body.


Photo by Dan Goldner

One soul.



Photo by Mary North Allen

Only one of each.

I must treasure them,
Nurture our relationships.

Only one of each.
For me,
For you,
For each of us.

We must treasure them,
Nurture our relationships.

They are all we have.

Today is Day 46, which is six weeks and four days of the Omer.
Today is Day 46, which is six weeks and four days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday - Omer Day 45

by Agi Mishol
Translated by Lisa Katz

So what did we have?
The sweet scent of jasmine,
the painted orange sun
discovered suddenly
while cutting the persimmon in half
at the first volley of light.
The chicory flowers'
morning blue,
the entire meadow,
a cluster of snails
on top of a sea onion stalk
and there was also the word "wagtail."
What else was there?
The cicada requiem,
pink sheep in the sloping sky,
and the soft, much-kissed down
on the bottom of the cat's ear
and that's it, I think
that's what we had
today.

Today is Day 45, which is six weeks and three days of the Omer.
Today is Day 45, which is six weeks and three days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

JCAN Conference - Omer Day 44

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Today, over 100 members of the Jewish community, from New Bedford, MA to Brattleboro, VT, gathered at Hebrew College in Newton, MA, for the first Jewish Climate Action Network conference, "From Uncertainty to Action: What You Can Do About Climate Change." According to Rabbi Arthur Waskow, it was the first conference of its kind, "I would have heard about it,"  he told us, if there had been another.

For four hours, we learned together, sang together, talked together, and connected to each other. And through all this, we were inspired, motivated, and recharged. It was an amazing afternoon. I am grateful to all those who helped make it happen, and to all those who took the time and energy to come. It was a vision fulfilled; it was a start, not and ending. It was a new beginning, of putting the Boston area Jewish community into the conversation about climate change.

As Jews, we are deeply rooted in Torah and in community. Today, we brought these together in the context of climate change.  The power of that connection was felt by every one present.

We will go forward from here, together. We will grow stronger. We will become more connected. We will build community. We will build enthusiasm and determination. We will weave networks of interdependence, caring, compassion, and trust. We will speak out. We will bring about change.

We will make a difference.
 

Today is Day 44, which is six weeks and three days of the Omer.
Today is Day 44, which is six weeks and three days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Making Space - Omer Day 43

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

HaMakom - the space, the place; 
the Space, the Place, 
G!d.

We leave a city, a home, a job -
something must fill the space, 
the place, 
G!d.

What moves in?
Another city?
Another home?
Another job?


What fills the space?
What fills the place?
What fills...G!d???


Or is it G!d 
that fills us?

Do we let G!d 
fill the space?
Or do we fill it

with something
else?

We leave bondage.
What takes its place?
What fills its space?

What fills...G!d???

Freedom.
What is it?
In what kind of freedom

do we alight
and settle?

What does it take
for us to enter
a freedom
that leads us 
to revelation?

What does it take?

Today is Day 43, which is six weeks and one day of the Omer.
Today is Day 43, which is six weeks and one day of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network