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Monday, March 24, 2014

Jewish Music and Liturgy

The following song by Debbie Friedman (now unfortunately deceased) and Psalm 23 keep me going through my grief:

L'chi Lach:

L'chi lach, to a land that I will show you;
Lech l'cha, to a place you do not know.
L'chi lach, on your journey I will bless you.
And you shall be a blessing;
You shall be a blessing;
You shall be a blessing, l'chi lach.

L'chi lach, and I shall make your name great.
Lech l'cha, and all shall praise your name.
L'chi lach, to the place that I will show you.
L'simchat chayyim;
L'simchat chayyim;
L'simchat chayyim...l'chi lach.

L'chi lach, to a land that I will show you;
Lech l'cha, to a place you do not know.
L'chi lach, on your journey I will bless you.
And you shall be a blessing;
You shall be a blessing;
You shall be a blessing, l'chi lach.

And you shall be a blessing;
You shall be a blessing;
You shall be a blessing...l'chi lach.


Psalm 23 (translation stolen from Artscroll):

A Psalm by David the LORD is my shepherd, I shall not lack.  In lush meadows He lays me down, beside tranquil waters He leads me.  He restores my soul.  He leads me on paths of justice for His Name's sake.  Though I walk in the valley overshadowed by death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.  Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in view of my tormentors.  You anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows.  May only goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the House of the LORD for long days.

And closing out with a picture of my "Jacob," in an effort to get him SEEN and ADOPTED!

Jacob

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I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!