who shall live and who shall die

I’m presently writing some new liturgy for the High Holidays. Here’s a sneak peek: my take on the Unetaneh Tokef prayer:

I see you standing there alone
eyes searching through the blankness
of a year stretching limitlessly on like a
book waiting to be written.

Don’t bother glancing behind.
Don’t pretend you’re unaware
that in a year’s time
a world can be shattered
or born anew.

Just gaze forward
and we’ll ask the questions together:
Will it be a year of curse
or a year of blessing?
Of wounding or
of healing?

Throw open your hands and
let your hopes and fears fly out
past the blank pages
of a year yet to be.
Dare to believe that we will all
be written for blessing in
the Book of Sweet, Sweet Life.

Now close your eyes and we’ll send off
this one audacious prayer:
May the new year bless us
with health, wholeness,
and peace.


5 Comments on “who shall live and who shall die”

  1. Lori Lippitz says:

    What can I say? AMEN!!

  2. Ruth Kane says:

    Ah, Rabbi Brant Rosen.

    You have become the sunlight.

    Am grateful that your bright mind is still shared with my computer in this fashion.

    And these words:

    thank you.

    Much respect…

  3. This is gorgeous, Brant. Kol hakavod.

  4. Ruth Rosen says:

    Amen. Thanks Brant.


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