i don’t pray to survive i pray alive the life put in me calls out to the Life Beyond Me- we are the answers we have been desperately seeking curse the fire! and curse the dark! curse these unlinked arms! and bottomed out hearts! and when i am done cursing permit my being to sink … Continue reading Blessings and Ritual Responses to COVID-19
i do not beseech my soul for healing healing is a mask that separates the old from the new and there is nothing that has happened to me that isn’t still happening no i stand (T)here today to beseech my soul for feeling and i wail! (for the unspent hour in the unspent life for spending time … Continue reading “if we are to sing, let us sing to lives of feeling…”
avinu malkeinu lo/low named and nameless name avinu malkeinu who has looked away avinu malkeinu who does not answer avinu malkeinu who gives charitably but without justice not once in kind avinu malkeinu who did not will not and cannot save us avinu malkeinu who is no father ours or mine your name is as … Continue reading Avinu Malkeinu: Petition for New Loyalities
I spent the hour before Shabbat gathering with transmitters of multi-faith migrant justice at the Lights for Liberty: Toronto, Canada vigil. Though I left shortly after my remarks to light candles and welcome Shabbat, it felt necessary to be there in loving affirmation of the strangers caged in camps across the United States and, too, … Continue reading Devon Opens Toronto Lights4Liberty Migrant Freedom Rally
my religion is not outrage but the flower that blooms in the wintertime knowing that all distance and disdain are a passing and that night gives birth to us in the presence of stars.
open yourself to all the ways you are closed for the gates only tremble when you close yourself to all the ways you believe you are open. give to others by refusing to give of yourself, for the gates only part when you quiet yourself to receive the expressed need of another and at last, … Continue reading shaarei tefilah or why we ought to turn away from the gates