Week #6: Return To The Land Of Your Soul
When you come into the land of your soul
Experience a returning,
To your inner “promised land”
Flowing with the milk and honey of
Humility, gratitude, compassion, generosity, righteousness, devotion and sacrifice.
Offer these first fruits
To the universe
Stand with the people
Speak aloud your shared remembrance
Redeemed from the narrow place,
The misery of enslavement, of the suffering
That broke your heart or the heart that you broke
Call to memory and name that place for what it is
To the plight of the fugitive, the oppressed and those who toil without a living wage.
Share the legacy of an ancient, ever-renewing and emerging wisdom
Of which you and I and we and they are a vital part
Bequeathed to all willing to receive and engage
This is the purpose of our liberation
Each of us is a land of promise
We are the fertile soil from which we will harvest
Virtues and values that heal and redeem
Milk and honey flow through us
Sweetening the hurt, bitterness and disappointment
Now is the time to come into ourselves
To share the bounty
Of our agricultural, financial, intellectual, and spiritual harvests
With all who are in need
“that they [too] may eat within your gates and be satisfied” (Dt. 20:12)
This is the fruit of our first harvest
To offer an outstretched hand
Pulling others, anyone
From the dark, narrow places
Of broken hearts, minds and bodies
To a land flowing with dignity, compassion and loving kindness
Ki tavo – Entering into your, my and our promised land,
Forgive and ask to be forgiven
Transform your wandering into roots
Reaching from the depths of your soul
To the heights of the heavens
This is teshuvah
Return again, return to the land of your soul.
Return to who you are. Return to what you are.
Return to where you are.
Return to the land of your soul (Shlomo Carlebach)
In this very moment of transition
In the sacred place between leaving and entering
You and I and we and all shall be blessed.
Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi, Community Rabbi