Re-Dedicating the Temple

Once we had The Temple where we made sacrifices of precious blood and grain.
Now we we have temples where people pray, but few truly give offerings.

The darkness. The darkness. The darkness.

Doesn’t the light always return?

The light, it does return?

It does return.

Hanukkah?

חנוכה

The lights.   We light them.   The light returns.

We light the lights to remember. We light the lights to re-dedicate the temple or The Temple?

Where is The Temple?

Isn’t She everywhere? Is She the שכינה, the Presence? Isn’t the Presence everywhere and in everything.

Yes

Then I re-dedicate The Temple here.

נס גדול היה שם

Yes, but I am here —פה

I r e a c h to others who feel as I do.   And one becomes many.   I becomes we.   We together, reclaim our inheritance.

We re-dedicate the Earth, אדמה, as Temple.
We pour offerings of sweat, not blood.
We pour offerings of grain and oil.
We pour offerings of praise and care.
We care for our Temple,
Our Holy of Holies,
Through every action we take.

We light the lights…

And it begins again

[originally published December 14, 2006]

Kaddish

I have been wanting to write a mourner’s kaddish that would serve myself and other earth-based magickal Jews. I’ve found it difficult because I wanted to keep the core theology of the traditional, rabbinical Judaic prayer. That one is a prayer for the living. It focuses on praising God. It doesn’t really ever touch on loss or death. When I first discovered this, I found it disturbing. But, if you look at almost all the Jewish rituals surrounding death, they are to support the living. They are to help the living move on with their lives.

It seems that it took the loss of Rosemary Kooiman to give me the words.

Send me on

Send me on with love in your heart
Cry tears of joy for the life I have lived
Praise the Source of Life for connecting our lives
Send me on to the next life

Send me on the way I lived
Embrace what I was, not the space that I leave
Praise the Source of Life for allowing us to love
Send me on to the next life

Send me on without fear
Do not curse or rend your garments
Praise the Source of Life for granting us time
Send me on to the next life

Send me on with praise
Sing songs of joy for all Creation
Praise the Source of Life giving us life
Send me on to the next life

Send me on with libations and toasts
Drink to your health and drink to life
Praise the Source of Life for giving us words to share
Send me on to the next life

Send me on with stones not flowers
Do not add death to death
Praise the Source of Life for all creation
Send me on to the next life

© Carly Lesser – 2006
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