Thursday, August 28, 2014

#BlogElul: An Abundance of Blessings

Many years ago, the URJ's now defunct Department of Worship, Music and Religious Living, in conjunction with URJ Books and Music, published a daily blessings card.

Small enough for a wallet or purse, it includes the appropriate blessings to recite for various foods, life moments, wonders of nature, learning, social action, and upon embarking on a journey.

My well-worn blessings card is always with me because I just never know when I might hear good news, narrowly escape danger, or see a rainbow.

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam zokher hab'rit v'ne'eman bivrito v'kayam b'ma'amaro.

We praise you, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, who remembers, is faithful to, and fulfills Your covenant with and promise to creation.

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam who has the power to write and seal us in the Book of Life and grant us abundant blessings in the New Year -- restored health, rewarding relationships, satisfying work, healing from sorrow and loss, sweet memories, opportunities to help others, contentment, pleasure, and peace.  Amen.

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.