I arrived a little over two weeks ago and was immediately swept up in a whirlwind of activity: rehearsals, services, camp staff week and lots of lovely reunions with friends. Today we finished our first week of camp, and in a couple of hours I will celebrate the arrival of Shabbat with the sweet community of Congregation B'nai Jehudah, a synagogue that has become my second Jewish home in so many lovely ways.
Doing my part to uphold what has become camp minhag (custom), I wrote a new song for the camp this week, basing it on the great questions and comments from the kids in our first few days together and focusing on why we pray. (See the photo below for a beautiful example of how our campers are processing the concept of B'tzelem Elohim -- the idea that we're all made in the image of the Divine.)
Then I turned all of that into a VERY loose interpretation of Yih'yu L'Ratzon, the prayer we say when we ask that our prayers be mindful and well-received.
Here's a recording of it for you to enjoy.
And if you are in the Kansas City area, please come and say hello at services this weekend and next, when I will help my friends at B'nai Jehudah celebrate the soul of Shabbat (Friday and Saturday each weekend).
Happy Friday and Shabbat Shalom.