Another short teaching on the fascinating Aramaic prayer "Bei Ana Racheitz" that we sing after opening the ark. Its reference to Christianity will surprise you!
The Shabbat Service contains a series of mostly silent prayers --leading up to the Shema -- in which we are asked to listen to the songs in Nature as a reality, not as a metaphor. One of these beautiful paragraphs states, "If only our mouths were filled with song like the sea..." preparing us to fill our mouths with the Shema. Have you heard the latest news of scientists' attempting to solve the past decade's string of enigmatic whale suicides? At the end of this short teaching, you'll hear Becky Henning singing this normally silent prayer in the background.
Listen as I teach a student about the real meaning of the famous cliche that "Prayer Replaces Sacrifice." What are the thematic and social connections between the two? How do we actually learn the silences needed to make the words real? What is the connection between Being in the Present Moment and Constructing our World with words?
What does an obscure Talmudic debate about freeing slaves have to do with the gay pride parade? Find out in this short teaching, concluding with Cantor Sara singing Steven Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns."