Trisha Arlin Blog

All undying hatreds or annoyances that we may hold onto Or talk endlessly about, boring our friends,

All grudges, resentments, and vows of vengence and bitterness, All undying hatreds or annoyances that we may hold onto Or talk endlessly about, boring our friends, Or lose sleep obsessing over Or write bad poetry about Or bring up at family dinners to the consternation of all present;

All grudges, resentments, and vows of vengence and bitterness,

All grudges, resentments, and vows of vengence and bitterness, All undying hatreds or annoyances that we may hold onto Or talk endlessly about, boring our friends, Or lose sleep obsessing over Or write bad poetry about Or bring up at family dinners to the consternation of all present;

PLACE YOURSELF, NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERS

PLACE YOURSELF:  WORDS OF PRAYER AND INTENTION BY TRISHA ARLIN ART BY MIKE COCKRILL FOREWORD BY RABBI JILL HAMMER NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERSPublished by Dimus Parrhesia Press Hardbound, Color inside  $36.00 plus $4.00 s/h Paperback, B/W inside, $18.00 plus $4.00 s/h “Place yourself in front of the fear.  You will be judged, you will die. […]

Learn Shabbat Liturgy with Trisha Arlin

Our Shabbat Liturgy – (From Barchu to Emet) Starting this Fall, liturgist, part-time rabbinic student and longtime Kolot member, Trisha Arlin, will teach six-week classes on sections the Kolot Shabbat Morning Service, where, along with learning some history, traditional meanings and ritual moves of the prayers and service, we will explore what each prayer can […]

All Our Grudges: An Alternative Kol Nidrei

All grudges, resentments, and vows of vengence and bitterness,  All undying hatreds or annoyances that we may hold onto Or talk endlessly about, boring our friends, Or lose sleep obsessing over Or write bad poetry about Or bring up at family dinners to the consternation of all present; From the previous Day of Atonement until […]

Torah Covers That Go Wow: Changing the Torah Covers on Erev Rosh Hashanah

On Rosh Hashanah It’s time, Among much else, To change the covers on our torahs from the everyday colors to white. I google Torah covers, Hoping for some jewish knowledge to inspire deep thoughts And at the top of the list there is an ad, An ad for a company that makes custom torah covers. […]

Everyone Who Hears Will Laugh With Me

וַתֹּ֣אמֶר שָׂרָ֔ה צְחֹ֕ק עָ֥שָׂה לִ֖י אֱלֹהִ֑ים כָּל־הַשֹּׁמֵ֖עַ יִֽצְחַק־לִֽי׃ Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” May God bring you laughter. Because, Having invented banana peels, Ladders with buckets of water teetering on the top, Also politics, war and late in life children, God appears to love a good pratfall. […]

A Healing Prayer For Disrupted Immigrant Families

What do we pray for, so that disrupted immigrant families will be healed?* Do we pray for God’s intervention? Do we pray that the trauma of their forced separation is miraculously cured? Do we pray that the racism responsible for these policies just instantly vanishes? Do we pray that easy cruelty is abruptly  transformed into […]

Yotzer: A Blessing Of Creation In A Time of Loss, Confusion, Fear And Anger

Blessed Fierce Mystery:In a time of loss, confusion, fear and anger, We choose to pray the Birkat Yotzer, the Blessing of Creation. Praise the Creator,  Created, Creating. We praise the Creatorof Lightness and Darkness, Together in the One-ness, And we look for the gateways between these qualities So that we may see and understand in […]

A Short Prayer For Social Justice

Blessed Fierce Mystery,Creator, Created, Creating,We are not praying for your help,Because we know what to do:Agitate, organize, shout,Write , call, send money,Rally, march, vote.Amen If you find this offering of my work valuable or pleasurable, please consider supporting me with a mutual offering, if you are able: If you use one of my prayers or […]

I Don’t Get It: A Prayer Of Understanding

Blessed Fierce Mystery, Creator, Created, Creating I pray for understanding, because I just don’t get it. I don’t mean I don’t know what’s happening. I know. I know what atrocities theyre committing And I know why they’re doing it And how they’re doing it. I understand who it serves And who it hurts. I understand […]

A Blessing For A Community Celebrating Its Past And Looking Towards the Future

–> Baruch atah Adonai, Brucha At Shechinah, HaKodesh Baruch Hu, We honor this entire community, together with all holy communities: All of us, And our loved ones. Bless the ones who began us. Bless the ones who teach and the ones who learn. Bless the ones who pray and create our sacred spaces. Bless the […]

A Blessing for Putting Up A Mezuzah

–> Blessed Mystery, Brucha At Shechina, Breathing in our history Breathing out our stories, Bless this mezuzah. We earned this mezuzah, This is a hard fought mezuzah. This mezuzah has been in the trenches, This is one tough cookie of a mezuzah. There are way too many tears in this mezuzah, But just as many laughs. […]

I Don’t Know: Thoughts On Reading Parsha Mishpatim

I don’t know. I am an American, And I was brought to believe in democracy with a small d And I believe in it way more than I’ve seen it. I grew up with crazy and arbitrary parents, In a school system run by martinets And a religion run by men who wouldn’t answer my […]

I’M OVER THE MACCABEES, A Hanukkah Prayer

Baruch Atah Adonai, Brucha At Shechina, Ruach HaOlam: I’m over the Maccabees. I’m done with fanatics. I’m done with extremists who demand purity. I’m done with fundamentalists who shut women up. I’m done with religions that kill. I’m over the Seleucids. I’m done with invaders. I’m done with outsiders telling anyone how to live in […]

Our Broken Hearts: A Prayer For When Life Is A Struggle

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk: “There is nothing so whole as a broken heart.” Blessed Mystery,  Our hearts are broken open and everything that was hidden comes pouring out. First comes our anger and resentment, Then our fear and anxiety, Then our hurt and the grief. And just when we think it’s done and we are […]

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