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Blessing for Adar 5781 and the world that’s on its way, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A blessing for us and the year ahead. Playful, powerful, hamentaschen-infused.

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May it be a year
of jammin’ out, and in:
raspberry  peach  apricot
    quince  chocolate  and prune

a year of wholeness, even when it’s
folded up into itself

of loving what’s in us:
blackberry  strawberry  poppyseed
    grief  longing  and joy

may it be a year of abundant unplugging
zooming out

dewdrops of hugs
   rainstorms of hugs
      hamentaschen hug sandwiches

butterscotch  caramel  roasted garlic
and dental amnesty
and well-timed booing

a year of sweeping crumbs
  from generations ago
  out of our homes

a year in which
  it is unremarkable
for a people to fast on a woman’s request

for a king to offer
up to half of his kingdom
for an unknown cause

for it to be a mitzvah to hear

may it be our custom this year
to make a banquet and invite
the one who is oh-so-confused
about us

the one who is oh-so-confused
about the way forward

in the months ahead
as the moon puts on her mask of light
and takes it off again

may we put what is dear to us
right in the center:

honesty  integrity  maple  and pine
    apple  cherry  pumpkin  trust

may our ears and pockets
and wombs be full
of rosemary  saffron  and courage  and teshuvah

cedar  sage  ceremony  solidarity

and may we find what is dear to us
right in the center:

pomegranate  lemon  date  and fig
mystery     majesty:  lots

לַיְּהוּדִים הָיְתָה אוֹרָה וְשִׂמְחָה וְשָׂשׂוֹן וִיקָר׃[1] אסתר ח:טז.  כֵּן תִּהְיֶה לָנוּ.‏[2] From the Havdallah after Shabbat, nusaḥ Ashkenaz. 

May it be so for us

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1 אסתר ח:טז.
2 From the Havdallah after Shabbat, nusaḥ Ashkenaz.

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