Havdalah: Between Inspiration and Fulfilment

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Savor this eternal moment
and hold it close,
before you leave the world to come
and re-enter the world as it is,
before your sweet dream
reverts back to hard truth.

For this much we know:
long after the day is done
the melody of this song will
reverberate through our souls,
driving us forward until the day
that liberation is finally won.

One day very soon,
the song will lead us
to a dream fulfilled, to a place
where light and gladness,
joy and wonder, justice and salvation
flow without cease.

But for now we’ll prepare ourselves
for the work ahead –
let’s light the fire, raise the cup
and breathe in the sweetness
of this moment.
With strength renewed
and spirit re-inspired it’s time
to rejoin the struggle.

Blessed is the One who separates
between inspiration and fulfillment,
exile and return,
struggle and liberation,
hard work and sweet victory,
between the world we know
and the world we know is possible.


2 Comments on “Havdalah: Between Inspiration and Fulfilment”

  1. Doug Gertner says:

    Thank you Rabbi Rosen for this beautiful, powerful, and accessible interpretation to accompany our weekly.

  2. Richard D Stanton, PhD says:

    Rabbi Rosen: Yours (Havdalah) is most helpful and inspiring posting. Thank you for sharing it. I trust that it will often be shared. It speaks to a need we can acknowledge and of a grace which is available if sought.

    RDS


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