Liturgical Arts for Our Times
During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bayit gathered a group of rabbis, artists, and writers to collaboratively create liturgy we hoped would speak to people where they (we) were: tools for “building Jewish” for the spiritual needs of this moment and beyond.
To create each offering we meet and brainstorm. We take some time to draft art and words. We reconvene to workshop that material and give each other feedback, and sometimes we create new art or liturgical poetry in response to each others’ creativity. After another revision period, we curate a flow so that the whole offering can be more than the sum of its parts. The whole offering always is more than the sum of its parts.
In the same way that a pair of hevruta partners can find insights in Torah they wouldn’t have found alone, our group hevruta work hones and polishes our collaboration into something that none of us ever could have created alone. Best of all, what we’re creating is reaching people: in shuls, at home, alone and together, around the globe.
Here are our emerging offerings. The most recent materials are at the top.
Disbelief, fear, anger, grief, despair, love, anguish, longing, solidarity, alienation, hope: since October 7 we’ve felt all of these and more. This is our attempt to give voice to some of what’s in our hearts. We hope that it will speak to and for your heart too. May these words help us through these difficult days and into the work of building the just peace of which we dream.
This collaboration features work from Trisha Arlin, Mike Cockrill, Sherrill Cropper, R. Rachel Barenblat, Joanne Fink, R. Allie Fischman, R. Bracha Jaffe, R. Dara Lithwick, R. David Evan Markus, R. Sonja Keren Pilz, and R. David Zaslow. Available, as always, as downloadable PDF and also as slides suitable for screenshare. Find it here: Our Collective Heartbreak.