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עָלֵינוּ לְשַׁבֵּחַ | Aleinu, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

https://opensiddur.org/?p=35658 עָלֵינוּ לְשַׁבֵּחַ | Aleinu, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman 2021-02-18 09:07:40 A paraliturgical reflection of the prayer Aleinu for a shame resilience practice Text the Open Siddur Project Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Aleinu 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer affirmations shame resilience paraliturgical reflections עלינו Aleinu על כן נקוה al ken n'qaveh paraliturgical aleinu
Source (Hebrew) Paraliturgical Reflection (English)
עָלֵינוּ לְשַׁבֵּחַ לַאֲדוֹן הַכֹּל, לָתֵת גְּדֻלָּה לְיוֹצֵר בְּרֵאשִׁית,
שֶׁלֹּא עָשָׂנוּ כְּגוֹיֵי הָאֲרָצוֹת, וְלֹא שָׂמָנוּ כְּמִשְׁפְּחוֹת הָאֲדָמָה.
שֶׁלֹּא שָׂם חֶלְקֵנוּ כָּהֶם, וְגוֹרָלֵנוּ כְּכָל הֲמוֹנָם,
It is upon me to respond to the miracle of my own life.
It is my responsibility to grow in love and compassion.
It is my honor to seek out my own truest expression,
שֶׁהֵם מִשְׁתַּחֲוִים לְהֶבֶל וָרִיק, (ישעיה ל:ז חלק)
וּמִתְפַּלְּלִים אֶל אֵל לֹא יוֹשִׁיעַ. (ישעיה מה:כ חלק)
For no one else has ever been or will ever be
the manifestation of life-force that I am.
וַאֲנַחְנוּ כּוֹרְעִים וּמִשְׁתַּחֲוִים וּמוֹדִים,
I bow in humility before God,
in recognition of this sacred task.
לִפְנֵי מֶלֶךְ מַלְכֵי הַמְּלָכִים הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא,
שֶׁהוּא נוֹטֶה שָׁמַיִם וְיֹסֵד אָרֶץ,
וּמוֹשַׁב יְקָרוֹ בַּשָּׁמַיִם מִמַּעַל,
וּשְׁכִינַת עֻזּוֹ בְּגָבְהֵי מְרוֹמִים.
I rise and straighten as a sign of my willingness to keep working at it.
Loved ones depend on me, and I depend on them.
I am part of a bigger project,
and no matter what shame or pain I feel.
I affirm my resolve to show up to life,
for the sake of all who love me.
הוּא אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֵין עוֹד, אֱמֶת מַלְכֵּנוּ, אֶפֶס זוּלָתוֹ.
כַּכָּתוּב בְּתוֹרָתוֹ: וְיָדַעְתָּ הַיּוֹם וַהֲשֵׁבֹתָ אֶל לְבָבֶךָ,
כִּי יְהֹוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים בַּשָּׁמַיִם מִמַּעַל וְעַל הָאָרֶץ מִתָּחַת אֵין עוֹד: (דברים ד:לט)
There is only One, and I am part of that One.
עַל כֵּן נְקַוֶּה לְּךָ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ לִרְאוֹת מְהֵרָה בְּתִפְאֶֽרֶת עֻזֶּֽךָ
לְהַעֲבִיר גִּלּוּלִים מִן הָאָֽרֶץ
וְהָאֱלִילִים כָּרוֹת יִכָּרֵתוּן
לְתַקֵּן עוֹלָם בְּמַלְכוּת שַׁדַּי:‏
וְכׇל בְּנֵי בָשָׂר יִקְרְאוּ בִשְׁמֶֽךָ לְהַפְנוֹת אֵלֶֽיךָ כָּל רִשְׁעֵי אָֽרֶץ:‏
יַכִּֽירוּ וְיֵדְעוּ כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵבֵל כִּי לְךָ תִּכְרַע כָּל בֶּֽרֶךְ
תִּשָּׁבַע כָּל לָשׁוֹן:‏
לְפָנֶֽיךָ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ יִכְרְעוּ וְיִפּֽוֹלוּ וְלִכְבוֹד שִׁמְךָ יְקָר יִתֵּֽנוּ:‏
וִיקַבְּלוּ כֻלָּם ׀ אֶת עֹל מַלְכוּתֶֽךָ וְתִמְלוֹךְ עֲלֵיהֶם מְהֵרָה לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד:‏
כִּי הַמַּלְכוּת שֶׁלְּךָ הִיא וּלְעֽוֹלְמֵי עַד תִּמְלוֹךְ בְּכָבוֹד׃‏
כַּכָּתוּב בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ: יְהֹוָה יִמְלֹךְ לְעֹלָם וָעֶד: (שמות טו:יח)
I am inherently worthy of love, of care, of health and wellbeing
Just by virtue of being alive.
I do my best to help others recognize their own worthiness
And to fix the broken systems that get in the way
of all of us seeking our wholehearted lives.
וְנֶאֱמַר: וְהָיָה יְהֹוָה לְמֶלֶךְ עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ
בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יְהֹוָה אֶחָד וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד: (זכריה יד:ט)
I hold my vision of a more compassionate world
and affirm that I am in service to this vision.

Rabbi Shoshana Meira’s paraliturgical reflection on Aleinu, the prayer concluding services, was first published in her Siddur v’lo Nevosh (2014). Linear correspondence between the Hebrew source and the English by Aharon Varady.

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