Oct. 30 & Nov. 13: "Davening Lab" led by Hannah Dressner
CNS "Davening Lab" led by Hannah Dressner
Four 90 minute sessions, every other Shabbat
Oct. 30, Nov. 13, 10:30 - 12:00
This "davening lab" is meant to hold a container for experimentation with the Shabbat morning davening, for the purpose of further vitalizing our personal experiences of prayer. We hope that skills and insights gained in this smaller context will, ultimately, enhance the larger Netivot shabbat morning service. To keep us in sync with the main service, the Slim Shalom siddur (and a transliterated siddur) will be used as a basis for this investigation, augmented by other sources. Modes and enhancements of prayer to be explored will include: becoming comfortable with traditional nusach and its riffs, the usefulness of chant, the place for silence, davening in translation, and creation of privacy within one's tallit, and, of course, some new melodies.
Each session will take the form of an abbreviated service, with study of at least one prayer or psalm within that context. Please come with a tallit (even if taken for the Netivot supply) and an open heart. Please leave all writing and recording instruments behind, as we are learning while doing, and Shabbat does not traditionally include these activities. And be prepared to re-integrate with the full community by staying for kiddush! If you especially enjoyed Hannah's service leadership style during Yamim Nora'im, you will really enjoy this new window to prayer. Please join her on Saturday Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 at 10:30 upstairs for an alternative service.
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance. Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm, calling God out, standing at the center of a whirlwind holding your ground.
No cathedral is immune to agony, no soul impervious to life itself
no nation purely noble. If it were any other way, there would be no need for cathedrals in the first place.
To kneel is to submit
to lower oneself
to step down
To kneel is to call attention
to touch the Earth's face
to listen to those
whose blood saturates
the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside
to step outside
to invite others to come closer
To kneel is not to stand
not to stand
not to stand idly by. Speak your truth, God damn it.