Reading, writing, and contemplating poetry is a sacred endeavor in our tradition. From the Siddur to Torah, Yehuda Amichai to Zelda, Robert Frost to Emily Dickinson, we include great books of our canon as well as writers of the world.
The relationship between fixed prayer (keva) and inspiration (kavanah) is essential to Judaism, its culture and our innate striving to explore the Divine
We invite you to share poems from our siddur or elsewhere that inspire you or to bring a poem you have written that is your own unique prayer or musing. Maybe inspiration in nature or in settings other than the synagogue inspire prayerfulness and meditation. As before, we will sip wine in an informal setting and share the experience of hearing poetry from participants. You do not need to be a poet to participate, but you could bring your own writing if you wish. Shelley will share a few related meditations on the craft of writing poetry, and both she and Rabbi Bolton will read personal poems as well as found work.
Contact Rabbi Bolton for more information at RabbiBolton@OrZarua.org