let us make light

a candle lighting kavanah in honor of shabbat of bereishit

As our week ends, we focus on how our own lives mirror cosmic events.

Shab­bat now begins.
We have com­plet­ed a full week of cre­ation.

Now we focus inward for a short time;
of what has this week con­sist­ed?

We bring to consciousness aspects of our week just passed:

Was there a project left uncom­plet­ed,
the var­i­ous loose ends still dan­gling, becom­ing frayed and entan­gled?

Was there a dis­agree­ment with some­one,
when I raised my voice and the noise of my words became jum­bled?

Per­haps a deci­sion had to be made.
No choice was ful­ly ade­quate and I found myself in tur­moil, my feel­ings all churned up.

I can feel the unpleas­ant­ness irri­tate me; I squirm and sweat.
I feel the entan­gle­ment and fray­ing
I watch the words as they col­lide around my ears
I lis­ten as my feel­ings grind in my guts.

Before God began to cre­ate, every­thing was chaot­ic and unor­ga­nized.”

Search within for the stability of your breathing.

Lis­ten to the air flow deep into your body.
Feel your lungs expand and com­fort­ably con­tract.
Watch the con­stant exchange between you and the expanse around you.

Permit the unpleasantness to drift away as your awareness centers on the smooth regularity of your breath.

The breath of God sweeps over the depths of dark­ness.”

Near your breath there is a warmth you can encour­age.

Slow­ly raise the warmth above your chest.

Lift the warmth into your head.

Con­cen­trate all of the warmth in a point at the cen­ter of your fore­head.

Allow this warmth to glow, bright­en and fill your head.

And God said: ‘Let there be light.’”

Vela Supernova Remnant

let there be light” Vela Super­no­va Rem­nant

ברוך אתה יי אלהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של שבת
Baruch Atah Adon­ai, Elo­heinu Melech ha’olam, ash­er kid­dis­hanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shab­bat.

Blessed are you Adon­ai, the eter­nal pow­er that makes us spe­cial through the inspi­ra­tion to kin­dle the lights of Shab­bat.

shabbat at 3909

light­ing shab­bat can­dles at 3909 Burn­side Ave. July 6, 1984

A for­mat­ted PDF (8.5×11) ver­sion of this is avail­able for down­load.

shabbat shalom

shab­bat shalom

Date: 1970s
Size: 4.4
Pin Form: straight
Print Method: cel­lu­loid
Text שבת

your lapel buttons

Many peo­ple have lapel but­tons. They may be attached to a favorite hat or jack­et you no longer wear, or poked into a cork-board on your wall. If you have any lay­ing around that you do not feel emo­tion­al­ly attached to, please let me know. I pre­serve these for the Jew­ish peo­ple. At some point they will all go to an appro­pri­ate muse­um. You can see all the but­tons shared to date.

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