As for me, may my prayer come to You, O Lord,
at a favorable moment;
O God, in Your abundant faithfulness,
answer me with Your sure deliverance.
Keep lies and false words from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches,
But provide me with my daily bread . . .
God is our refuge and stronghold,
a help in trouble, very near.
Therefore we are not afraid
though the earth reels,
though mountains topple into the sea ~
its waters rage and foam;
in its swell mountains quake. Selah. . . .
[but] The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our haven. Selah.
Tehillim/Psalms 46.2-4, 12
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Say to the Israelite people: On the fifteenth day of this seventh month there shall be the Feast of Booths (Sukkot) to the Lord, to last seven days. The first day shall be a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations; seven days you shall bring offerings by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion and bring an offering by fire to the Lord; it is a solemn gathering: you shall not work at your occupation. (Leviticus/Vayikra 23.33-36)
- Sukkot 2012: Dates, Customs Of The Jewish Feast Of The Tabernacle Explained (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sukkot 2012 (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Now is the time of our joy (joelmlay.com)
- Postcard from Israel – Succot (cifwatch.com)
and the Frog says:
Blessed is the name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.
Mishna Yoma 3.8
(Song of the Frog, Perek Shirah)
- New Frog Species Is Bright Yellow (livescience.com)
- Basho’s frog (awalkinmyheart.wordpress.com)
- Kermit the Frog Spotted in Real-Life (techeblog.com)
- “Lost” Long-Fingered Frog Found in Africa (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Frog hitch-hikes to Britain on asparagus, sort of (examiner.com)
- World’s Largest Frog (nickyniks.wordpress.com)
- Frogs and toads in the Park Centre pond (qecp.wordpress.com)
- More Parasites Mean Healthier Frogs (livescience.com)
- “Hillel used to say” (guapotg.wordpress.com)
- Petach Tikva Learns Torah in Memory of Fallen (israelnationalnews.com)
- Israeli researcher: Mikvehs show that Galilee cave dwellers were likely kohanim (haaretz.com)
- Translation: “The Development of the Transmission of the Oral Law” (hardcoremesorah.wordpress.com)
- Pirkei Avot, Chapter 3:1 (jewishwomenlearning.wordpress.com)
- ‘Be ready to break into the Old City’ (timesofisrael.com)
God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures,
and birds that fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
For you shall observe this as an institution for all time, for you and your descendents. And when you enter the land that the Lord will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. And when your children ask you, “What do you mean by this rite?” you shall say “It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, because He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but saved our houses.” . . . . And all the Israelites did so; as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. That very day the Lord freed the Israelites from the land of Egypt, troop by troop.
~Exodus 12.24-27, 50-51
- The 7 Symbolic Foods Of Passover Passover Foods: Gastronomic Symbols Of History (guapotg.wordpress.com)
- Israelis Prepares for Passover Festival (abcnews.go.com)
- Passover in pictures (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
- Passover 101 (foxnews.com)
- Monday: Re-creation of Passover Sacrifice (israelnationalnews.com)
- My first Passover Seder! (travelwithlaughter.com)
- Passover Offering 2012 (drschiffman.wordpress.com)
- A Synopsis of the Passover Torah Readings (guapotg.wordpress.com)
- Passover the season of our unity (blogginghounds.wordpress.com)
- This Week’s Torah Portion – Pesach (Passover) (terri0729.wordpress.com)
It is good to chant hymns to our G-d;
it is pleasant to sing glorious praise.
***I love posting to this blog. Singing the Psalms is a powerful prayer and sustainer of one’s spirit. Even though there are few visitors to this site, it is special to me. I will, however, have to take a hiatus due to the mounting demands of graduate school. I will most probably not be back with any regularity till the latter part of April. Keep praying and singing the Palms and if you like, check in on my primary blog (Inspired Vision) from time to time. I will continue posting there but on a very reduced schedule. Enjoy the remainder of winter and I will see you again in the spring. 🙂
I am ever mindful of the Lord’s presence;
He is at my right hand; I shall never be shaken.
A note to the two or three readers of this blog… I will get back to this. Right now I have two other blogs going, one which will hopefully start bringing in a little money. I am also preparing to start grad school. But the REAL reason this blog has been neglected is my feeling of inadequacy. I’m trying to get over that. Why? Because the spiritual aspects of life have always been supremely important to me. I want to write about it. The spiritual is the core of life, and therefore it is also the most personal and vulnerable. I’ve been afraid to blog here. But there is so much to write, and it is all rich and wonderful and life-enhancing. I am seriously considering doing a 30 day challenge with this blog, like the one I did with my primary blog, http://ceceliafutch.wordpress.com . If I decide to take the plunge, I will blog here on an almost daily basis for the month of July. Check back to see if I courageously took my self-imposed challenge!
Once I began blogging, I found that I rather enjoyed it! Up until now, however, my blogs have been more reflective on personal experiences and memories of my past adventures and growing up. My original site, http://ceceliafutch.wordpress.com has been written with my children in mind; a memoir of sorts for them. The stories that have passed down to me from my grandparents have been awe inspiring, and given me a sense of my own history and worth. I intend to write much more along that line…but on my original blog.
In my former life, before becoming Jewish, I was a minister by profession. But then I converted to Judaism, and my life has been very different since then. This was a very good thing for me, the right thing to do. My spiritual journey has humbled and amazed me, yet I never lost the desire to share spiritual nuggets (learned from experience and from wonderful teachers along the way) and offer encouragement to those I come in contact with. This page is intended for that purpose. Chana is my Hebrew name. Chana, the mother of Shmuel (Samuel) HaMelech (the king), taught us how to pray. Today, our jewish prayers are still modeled after the prayer she prayed when in the temple praying for a child. After the birth of Shmuel, she sang for joy for prayer answered, thus the name of this blog. I am learning to pray and sing the Psalms/Tehillim. Our journey here is a song, oftentimes joyful, but also mournful in seasons of sorrow or distress. Always, though, our prayers and songs are the ways in which we communicate with HaShem thus strengthening that spiritual bond. I plan to reflect on those songs: Tehillim/Psalms, Emunah/Faith, Weekly Parsha/weekly Torah reading. I may add more categories as I go along, but this is a start. Without promise, I plan to write once a week on this site. I hope that you feel free to add your insights and reflections in your comments.
May we all merit continued growth in our spiritual journeys.