5774 a day at a time

The year 5774 A Day At A Time

Every day I get up and say you‘re the master of the Universe
Thank you
Now give me the strength to do the right thing
Answer this —
What’s new this passage this Rosh Hashanah.

Every day I get up and present
I take three small steps and place myself in front of you
What’s my assignment
Make me a vessel of your will
Help me do the right thing
Plant within me the strength to be the person you intended me to be
Let me be grateful for all the days I have been given —
A day at a time.

I am I say
I am You say
Let us be I am for each other.

Every day I get up and I listen for the voice of clarity
There is small clarity
Not much certainty
I am listening I promise you
There is posturing
There is a move here and there
The best is a good move but it’s a move
It’s rehearsed and it’s a practiced move
I am looking for the spontaneous move of deep sincerity
Basketball moves
That kind of move.

I have been rehearsing for that move
When it’s time to produce
It will seem unrehearsed
It will surprise me most of all
That kind of move —
It may inspire you.

To my community
Your moves inspire me
Because you’ve gotten up every morning and said
Master of the Universe
Into Your hands I entrust my spirit
At the time I lie down and the time I rise up
And with my spirit my body too
You are with me
I will not fear —
Give me the good move
I need it now I think.

I begin with the kabbalah of repair
The instrument when it is broken and repaired
Is stronger more beautiful than if never broken at all
I love the broken, the wounded, the partial, the incomplete
Because it integrates and even if not, it is whole.

The partial is the All
In the individual is the One
There is something in each individual version
That recapitulates the Whole
There is no broken no incomplete
The wounded the broken a sense of Everything.

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
Movement —

The story is told with the daily transformation in the
Night sky
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]
What it is — might 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 all time
To pay attention
The growth arc this time of year.

This year is the year of the good intention
May it be the year of Iyyun
The year of Ayin and dalet
Iyyun – focus
Ayin for seventy faces of the Torah (Numbers R. 13:15)
This year: the focus on the elusive dalet
The fourth letter
Dalet the door the passageway
The movement toward to not arrival

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
Beautiful sustaining —
The transformational images
We share these Days of Awe,
5774 since the creation of the world
A day at a time.

Ayin and dalet
Iyyun that dalet
Focus focus
Less preoccupations this year
More depth
When less is more —

And the elusive dalet
Your doorway
Passageway to
Openng onto —

This is the time
The season
Let’s get at it.


james stone goodman
united states of america