My Friend, My Captive: A Ritual with Blessings and Confessions for Our Pets on Rosh Hodesh Elul / The New Year of Domesticated Beasts*

On Rosh Ḥodesh Elul, the first day of the new moon of Elul, we begin an accounting for all the souls with whom we are in a relationship. Listen for the voice of the animals in the sound of the shofar. (The shofar is blown once, a single tekiyah/blast.) Cat Baby, Dog Baby, Fur Baby, My Baby,  Baby Boo, Love Machine, Poosy, Schmushy […]

Blessing For the Bugs on Rosh Chodesh Elul, on Rosh Hashana HaBehamot

Blessed One-ness! On this beautiful summer day Under this large and welcoming tree, Our green tallit, We gather together to give thanks To the animals who make all life possible: The bugs. Big and small Beautiful and hideous Helpful and hurtful They build They pollinate They are the food of our food. Most of the […]

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