In the words of Marcia Falk: As a poet, I have long been drawn to the power--the lyric intensity--of the Hebrew b'rakhah, or blessing. I first began to write blessings of my own, however, some fifteen years ago, primarily because I was extremely uncomfortable with the patriarchal image of God in the traditional prayers. Over the years, as I continued to compose new prayers, my theology gradually evolved, revealing itself in unexpected ways. Ultimately a whole new prayer book emerged--The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival (Harper, 1996).

One of the central prayers in The Book of Blessings is a re-creation of the piece of liturgy known as the sh'ma, the biblical declaration of faith that has become perhaps the most honored text in all of Jewish life. The traditional declaration begins "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one." Although I do not relate to the image of the divine as a "lord " or a "king," as a Jew I still take the message of monotheism quite seriously. Hence my new sh'ma, whose opening line is found on Eva's pendant, attempts to express a new understanding of monotheism as the honoring of diversity within the unity of creation. At the same time, the new declaration echoes the words and rhythms of the traditional one, thus attempting to keep alive a connection between our history as a people and our spiritual truths today.

Excerpt from The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival by Marcia Falk (Harper San Francisco, 1996) copyright © Marcia Lee Falk.
For ordering The Book of Blessings, please call Harper at 1-800-242-7737
Marcia Falk's web site: http://www.interbridge.com/marciafalk/

TTranslation / Explanation of the Hebrew (SLOW) providet with the purchase of each pendant.
Sh'ma (Marcia Falk)


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