We don't always say yes to what Shabbat offers. Maybe we say no more often than we say yes. But she never gets the hint. And she never gives up on us. She keeps showing up at the door in all her beauty, the Shechinah robed in time, with the fierceness of lions and the voice of songbirds. And so it is also after a week like this one. A horrible, unthinkable week, here she is again. Despite it all.
Bonus uplift track: American-style chanting of Psalm 23, using Norman Fischer’s Zen translation from Opening to You. Chanting style owed to Daniel Redman’s chanting of Leaves of Grass, with a grateful nod to Rabbi Shefa Gold.