Meat and Feathers: We Confess (For Rosh HaShanah LaBehama/Rosh Chodesh Elul)

(leader) I feel the Presence Of what today I call God Tomorrow I may call nature– The Fierce Mystery All around us, This connection that must know everything because it is everything. During Elul we must confess to people before we confess to God And perhaps on Rosh HaShana LaBehama we must confess to animals […]

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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