Bayit · prayers / poems

Our Mourning Year – at Bayit

New from Bayit’s Liturgical Arts Working Group comes this collaborative compilation of liturgy, poetry and art for this Tisha b’Av. Here are poems, prayers, artwork, and readings for Tisha b’Av 2021, looking back on the last pandemic year as we sit with what’s broken and nurture the seeds of hope for repair. This offering is organized through… Continue reading Our Mourning Year – at Bayit

Bayit · prayers / poems

The Lot of One Year: Liturgy, Poetry, and Art for Purim

New from Bayit’s Liturgical Arts Working Group comes a collection of poems, prayers, and artwork for this pandemic Purim. Here are meditations on (the) last Purim, and on our many-layered losses; poems on our world turning upside-down, on what our masks reveal, on grief and playfulness, on Esther and on Zeresh, on vengeance and its… Continue reading The Lot of One Year: Liturgy, Poetry, and Art for Purim

Bayit · prayers / poems

Connections: New Liturgy for Tu BiShvat

An interdisciplinary and pluralist collection of new work for Tu BiShvat, the New Year of the Trees: “TU biShvat is an invitation to focus on the natural world surrounding us–and at the same time, it makes us aware of our connectedness to each other, to the flow of time and stories, to the flow of cyclical renewal,… Continue reading Connections: New Liturgy for Tu BiShvat

Bayit · Sermons

The Mishkan’s Next Digital (R)Evolution

Reb Zalman Memorial Shabbaton 2020 June 13, 2020 • 21 Sivan 5780 מה נורא המקום הזה How awesome is this body! How awesome is this place! How awesome is this journey Through time and space. (Chant by Rav Kohenet Taya Mâ Shere.) Shabbat shalom to all of us together במקום נורא הזה / in this awesome… Continue reading The Mishkan’s Next Digital (R)Evolution

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Why This Firstborn Will Go Silent Before Passover: The Social Justice Ta’anit Dibbur

Among Passover’s many customs, the fast of the firstborn (ta’anit bechorot) fell into disuse.  This ritual fast, commemorating Egypt’s victims of the Tenth Plague’s death of the firstborn, finds little traction among modern liberal Jews.  Even most traditionalists arrange a ritual joyous reason to avoid the pre-Passover fast. The day before Passover, however, this particular firstborn of Israel… Continue reading Why This Firstborn Will Go Silent Before Passover: The Social Justice Ta’anit Dibbur

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Holy Ashes: Designs for Spiritual Flow

Part of a yearlong series of Torah wisdom on spiritual building and builders. How well does a spiritual practice or spiritual community “work”? One answer from this week’s Torah portion (Tzav) may seem surprising: We gauge what works spiritually by the detritus it leaves behind from what it transforms. If there’s no detritus, we’re doing… Continue reading Holy Ashes: Designs for Spiritual Flow

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People of the Building Fund

Part of a yearlong Torah series about building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. “Don’t give to the Building Fund,” said no synagogue leader ever. Most community leaders would love to have Moses’ problem in “fundraising” for the Mishkan. Moses received so many resources from “everyone” to build Mishkan that he had to stop them… Continue reading People of the Building Fund

Bayit · Uncategorized

Building for Mobility: Spiritual Life on the Move

Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. So far, Builders Blog traced Torah’s first 18 portions, harvesting lessons about spiritual building from our spiritual ancestors’ lives and early journeys. Now in the 19th portion (Terumah) comes Torah’s building story par excellence, about building the Mishkan – the holy structure to… Continue reading Building for Mobility: Spiritual Life on the Move

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Power Tools For Spiritual Building

Part of a yearlong series on Torah wisdom about building and builders. The first weeks of Bayit’s Builder’s Blog harvested keystone principles about building the Jewish future – from primordial foundations of building, to where and with whom spiritual neighborhoods create community. Now it’s time to build – but what and how?  Parshat Mikeitz offers answers: first… Continue reading Power Tools For Spiritual Building

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First Build: Seven Foundation Principles for Spiritual Builders

We're all stardust, re-mixed chemical elements forged in some distant supernova.  We're all broken shards, fallen from the primordial shattering. We're all reflected light, glimmering with the Source of Light.  We're all builders, making and re-making the world one brick and one breath at a time.Whatever your metaphor for who we are and what we… Continue reading First Build: Seven Foundation Principles for Spiritual Builders

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Purim Tribute for Women’s History Month

Just in time for Purim comes this resource offered on the Bayit Builders' Blog: Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Purim Tribute for Women's History Month. This trope mash-up of Esther and the 2/7/2017 Congressional Record (“nevertheless she persisted” silencing of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren) commemorates Purim and Women’s History Month at a time when society especially… Continue reading Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Purim Tribute for Women’s History Month

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Connecting to the Tree of Life

By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus Originally published as part of the Auburn Voices series at Auburn Seminary. Tu b’Shevat, the “New Year of the Trees,” is coming at the next full moon, the night of January 30. We honor Tu b’Shevat to renew our spirits and prepare ourselves, and the world, for spring’s… Continue reading Connecting to the Tree of Life

Bayit · The Jewish Studio

See Your Way to Freedom

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Freedom! For many, freedom is the spiritual goal – to be free of suffering, free of burden, even free of the travails of earthly life. For many, freedom is the political goal: think FDR's Four Freedoms, Dr. Martin Luther King's "Free at last!" refrain of his "I… Continue reading See Your Way to Freedom