Oh These Days of Awe a Day at a Time
The transformative days of awe preoccupation
I will turn away from here and approach There [Rashi]
Teshuvah – to be unstuck.
Not arrival but journey
Not destination but pathway
Not there but here
The story is told with the daily transformation in the
The moon is the image [Zohar Emor and Kuntres Uma’ayan Ma’amar 18]
The growth arc this time of year
The moon when it’s hidden at the beginning of the month.
Go outside and watch the dim image of the new moon Tishrei
We draw something new into the world
Something entirely new
On Rosh Hashanah it’s hidden
Like the moon
And not revealed fully understood
Until the full moon of Sukkot the 15th of the month,
Make a tekiah with the shofar awakening something new [Ps.81:4]
It may not clarify right away
Each day it reveals more
Like the moon
From the first to the fifteenth of the month
This is the time of the season
To pay attention
The growth arc this time of year.
This year is the year of the good intention
The year of Iyyun
The year of Ayin and Dalet
Iyyun – focus
This year: the focus on the elusive dalet
The fourth letter
The door the doorway the passage the opening.
You are the door opening the delet
Moving through and into
Opening pausing in the passageway
The words this year are the noble prepositions
To toward through –
The doorway the next
Let all the signs
The stars too
All the angels and energies totems and intentions
Conspire to be the year of the good intention
The focused action
May it be the year —
It is supposed to be.
Ever year A prayer for the future.
We meet the challenge of the future
With more than a wish —
With more than happy new year.
I give to you a gift, an intention, an understanding between us
We are trying to know something —
The transformational images
We share these Days of Awe,
5774 since the creation of the world
A day at a time.
james stone goodman