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Tishah b’Av and Its Poetry

Tishah b'Av--the 9th of Av--the day Jews remember calamities like the destruction of the Temples, is coming up soon, and for me there is no better way to learn about and get involved with this occasion is to read the special poetry composed for this day (and for other Jewish days of mourning), and better yet to write our own! In this presentation you will first learn a little about Tishah b'Av and about the poetry, and then be encouraged to write your own such poetry and perhaps recite it in your congregation, havurah, religious class, or home.

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Let’s Thank the Mystery of Life–A Shabbat Lovesong

Here is an ahavah poem thanking God for giving us the capacity to love. It fits with the liturgy and takes the form of a ghazal, a genre of poetry popular in India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Ghazals are love poems to God that, like the Song of Songs, express this emotion in the language of human love.

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Yearning for More — A Poem to Enhance Your Evening Prayers

Evening signals a transition from day to night, bringing with it anticipation, excitement, and sometimes (or often, or even always) fear. This poem, however, celebrates light, in the form of celestial lights and inner lights. The reader is swept into the swirl of the cosmos in order to gain perspective on her or his life here on earth.

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The Mystery of Life–A Poem of Appreciation

Life is a beautiful mystery that is mysteriously beautiful! Who is like You, God, Who could create all of this and give us the ability to appreciate it-- even people who don't live near mountains and hills as we do in Boulder, Colorado!

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I Think of You: A Poem for Shabbat, for Every Day, for Every Moment

Called a zulat (after the Hebrew word meaning "but," "besides," "aside from," except," "other than"), this poem can be read on its own or preceding the line in the kriyat shema that goes "There is no God but [besides/aside from/except/other than] You"--Ayn Elohim zulatecha.

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Without Saying Why

"Without Saying Why" is a liturgical poem that asks the reader to contemplate the uniqueness of God in a way that makes room for the whole kaboodle of life: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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I Have Sought You

This Jewish liturgical poem is intended to be read or recited before the Shabbat-morning nishmat prayer and is in the tradition of such poems in which the poet searches for God early in the morning, perhaps even before sunrise, when only birds are out and about.

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Questions: A Poem of Redemption to Ponder When You Pray

This dark poem about redemption follows the mi chamocha and is designed to encourage readers to ask their own tough questions and perhaps take a stab at some answers. The Jewish tradition demands no less!

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Only You: A Poem to Deepen Your Prayer Experience

Called a zulat (after the Hebrew word meaning "but," "besides," "aside from," except," "other than"), this poem can be read on its own or preceding the line in the kriyat shema that goes "There is no God but [besides/aside from/except/other than] You"--Ayn Elohim zulatecha.

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Come and See: A Poem to Light Up Your Prayer Experience

Called a me'ora ("light"), this poem can be read on its own or just before the first benediction/blessing preceding the shema, which reads: "Praised are You, O Lord, Creator of lights" (Baruch ata Adonai, Yotzer ha-meorot). Enjoy!

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All Is Beautiful and Holy–A Poem to Expand Your Prayer Experience

This type of piyyut--Jewish liturgical poem--is an ofan (literally, "wheel") and is meant to be inserted into the kedusha blessing in the daily and shabbat morning prayer service (optionally--you normally won't see one).

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