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. We spent the next few years collaborating on offerings keyed to the festival year. (Find all of them here.) In 2023, we’re shifting gears and beginning a new project: liturgy, poetry, and art crafted in conversation with / arising out of / inspired by the blessings of the Amidah.
Here is our first offering in that new series: new work arising out of Adonai s’fatai tiftach, the one-line meditation that opens the Amidah. Pray these in community or on your own. Add pages from the PDF to photocopied handouts, or add slides from the slide deck to services. Make one of the slides the desktop background on your computer, or use some of the art as wallpaper for your phone. (Or use them in some other way — and tell us what works for you.) Use these in whatever way will best enable these words and images to speak to and for your heart.
This first Amidah collaboration features work from Trisha Arlin, R. Rachel Barenblat, Joanne Fink, R. Sonja Keren Pilz, Steve Silbert, and R. David Zaslow.
Download the PDF:
Adonai S’fatai [pdf]
Preview the google slides:
The slides are also here on google drive:
(The above link will prompt you to make your own copy of the slides, which you can then integrate with other digital offerings as you wish.)
If this speaks to you, you also might find meaning in our book From Narrow Places: Liturgy, Poetry and Art of the Pandemic Era, available now for $18.
This collection features work by Trisha Arlin, R. Rachel Barenblat, Joanne Fink, R. Sonja Keren Pilz, Steve Silbert, and R. David Zaslow. Find all of our bios on the Builder Biographies page.