This Tuesday I am heading off to attend a silent meditation retreat led by my friend and colleague Rabbi James Jacobsen-Maisels. Years ago this song, Silence, was literally "delivered" to me in whole from somewhere beyond my conscious mind. The song itself is a meditation, and I invite you to close your eyes, breath slowly and deeply, and receive it as I did, in quiet contemplation.
Blessings for a light-filled Hanukkah.
Music/Lyrics Mark Novak and angelic shlichim
Once upon a time there was the silence
Hope was still a memory of future days ahead
The waters parted company in silence
And heaven kissed the earth so softly snuggled in her bed.
The quiet desert moon reflects the silence
Stories of the stars are heard in whispers over time
Remember how we captured life in silence
Drifting off to sleep to images and rhymes.
Talking is more often done in silence
The thoughts between the lines speak louder than our words
Embarrassingly adolescent silence
Truth is left unspoken, trembling like a bird.
I recall in refuge I took silent
So I could hear the beating of my heart reveal my name
Where myth is woven peacefully in silence
Eyes meet eyes meet ancient eyes - come dance before the flame
G!d is resting comfortably in silence.
Patiently he waits for us - take comfort, let him in
Beauty is revealed to us in silence
Returns us to the place where we can all renew again
My late rebbe, R' Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, zt"l, (זכר צדיק לברכה) was a master storyteller. He taught, in the name of Abraham Joshua Heschel zt"l: "a mayse is a story in which the soul surprises the mind". "A Year of Stories" is dedicated to his memory. I invite you to forward the link to these stories so that they find their way into the hearts of other listeners and tellers.
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Mark Novak is a "free-range" rabbi who lives in Washington DC and works, well, just about everywhere. In 2012 he founded Minyan Oneg Shabbat, home to MOSH (Minyan Oneg Shabbat), MindfulMOSH (Jewish mindfulness gathering), and