by Judith Felsen, Ph.D.
~If this were our last Elul
might we see a different world?
On the verge of our demise
would each spark of nature
sent by You remind us
of Your light we are?
In these days of hidden peace
do we know we are Your kin
together in the field?
In darkest times does not
the moon and sun still shine on us?
Today may elements of earth be manna,
all reminders of divine connection
and Your care through deserts now.
This Elul may we see You within all shadow
and not be blinded by our darker nature.
May we not only see Your back
but perceive that challenges
call forth our strengths and vitalize commitment.
In days of Elul sparks may be revived
as we apply Your lessons of our past,
each ancestors’ descent
a teaching of divine decree.
Each year You met us in the field,
we greet You there today
with pain and fear and open hearts
connected in Your sparks divine and destined
ready to go forth in prayer and in our bond with You
as nature witnesses and chants
O Israel we are One
Yes we can.
© Judith Felsen, Ph.D.
Judith Felsen holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, certificates in hypnotherapy, NLP, Eriksonian Hypnosis, and Sacred Plant Medicine. She is a poetess, consultant, creator of collaborative integrative programs involving nature, Judaism and the arts, daily student of Torah, sacred texts and various teachers particularly the Baal Shem Tov and Chassidus, sacred circle dancer and an avid kitchen worker. She enjoys sharing studies, all of the outdoors, the garden, harvesting, prepping ,walking, hiking, running, meditating and conversing with the earth. She serves on the board of the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Neskaya Center for Movement Arts, and the Mount Washington Valley Chavurah. She lives in the White Mountains with her husband, two large dogs and thenative community of the surrounding forest.