Praying for Peace - May 21, 2021

In 1979 artist and artist and author Judy Chicago wrote a poem that echoes the theme of the Aleinu prayer recited at the conclusion of a Jewish prayer service.

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May 23, 2021
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Praying for Peace - May 21, 2021

In 1979 artist and artist and author Judy Chicago wrote a poem that echoes the theme of the Aleinu prayer recited at the conclusion of a Jewish prayer service.

Posted
May 23, 2021

Shabbat is the deep breath, the profound sense of peace that we choose to create in our communities each week.

JFS Friends –

In 1979 artist and artist and author Judy Chicago wrote a poem that echoes the theme of the Aleinu prayer recited at the conclusion of a Jewish prayer service. Her interpretation expresses her vision of complete peace and harmony, a balancing of feminine and masculine energies, which she hopes will be a precursor to a more peaceful time.

Merger Poem

~ By Judy Chicago

And then all that has divided us will merge

And then compassion will be wedded to power

And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind

And then both men and women will be gentle

And then both women and men will be strong

And then no person will be subject to another's will

And then all will be rich and free and varied

And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many

And then all will share equally in the Earth's abundance

And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old

And then all will nourish the young

And then all will cherish life's creatures

And then everywhere will be called Eden once again

The words of this poem have always been very special to me and have been on my mind a lot recently. At a time right now - when many of us are worried about the safety and security of friends and relatives in Israel - her words have been a source of comfort helping me imagine and hold tight to an image of a future where our differences will be celebrated and old wounds will be healed. As we finish up our week of work and enter into a time of rest and renewal over the next couple of days I hope that these words will also bring you comfort as well.

In the words of poet May Sarton:

“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.”

Whatever your tradition is for the weekend – whether it involves a Shabbat observance of some kind or not – I hope that you will consider creating some time to let your spirit wander and rest without the added burden of creating, doing or achieving anything other than rest.

Shabbat Shalom,

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Carl E. Josehart, MSW (he/him/his)

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