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Day 24: Tifereth b’Netzach

TIFERETH and NETZACH

Beauty Perceived and Lasting

Many blessings are given

It is said

To those who follow the Law

Who navigate life

By Judaism’s guideposts

Intending to do right

Also said (or it should be)

That many blessings come

To all who so much as take a breath

Blessings unearned and unsought

We are blessed with a mind

That is nourished by starlight

Takes pleasure in spectral hues

Feasts on designs found on flowers and birds

Relishes musical scores

Who knows what really is “beauty”

Who knows why we treasure it so

We only know that it brings us delight

And fullness which lingers within

With age our bodies lose power

Eyes and hearing may dim

Yet this pleasure-response to beauty

As part of our fiber, endures

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Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and leader of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, a congregation without walls that meets outdoors all year long. She is the co-convener and President pro-tem of the Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network, and the founder of the One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit in Framingham, MA.
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