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Trisha Arlin

Trisha Arlin is a liturgist, teacher, performer and student of prayer in Brooklyn, NY and was a part-time rabbinic student at the Academy of Jewish Religion (AJR), 2012-18. Trisha was the Liturgist-In-Residence during the National Havurah Committee’s 2014 Summer Institute, has served as Scholar or Artist In Residence at many synagogues where she has read, led services and taught her class, Writing Prayer. since the pandemic began, Trisha has been on Zoom teaching prayer writing, sharing her liturgy and doing readings with Ritualwell, Haggadot.com, for synagogues around the country as well as small freelance groups. She is a founding builder of Bayit’s Liturgical Arts project. Trisha received a BA in Theater from Antioch College in 1975 and MFA in Film (Screenwriting) in 1997 from Columbia University. In 2009/2010, Trisha was an Arts Fellow at the Drisha Institute. In 2011, she graduated from the sixth cohort of the Davennen Leadership Training Institute (DLTI). A longtime member of Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of our Lives, a progressive unaffiliated congregation in Brooklyn NY, Trisha’s liturgy has been used at services and ritual occasions and in newsletter there and at venues of many denominations around the world. Her work has been published in her book, Place Yourself: Words of Poetry and Intention (a collection of liturgy and kavannot. Foreword by Rabbi Jill Hammer, Artwork by Mike Cockrill. 2019 Dimus Parrhesia Press); the Journal of Feminist Studies in ReligionSeder Tefillot, Forms of Prayer: Prayers for the High Holydays (Movement for Reform Judaism); B’chol Levavecha (CCAR Press); Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal (Bayit & Ben Yehuda Press); A Poet’s Siddur (Ain’t Got No Press); Studies in Judaism and Pluralism (Ben Yehuda Press) and can be found online at TrishaArlin.com, at RitualWell, and of course, the Open Siddur Project.  You can support her work by buying her book, making a one time donation through PayPal @trishaarlin or monthly support via Patreon.


A Blessing for the Bugs on the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals, Rosh Hashana La-Behemah, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 12 Oct 2015 by Trisha Arlin |

I have come to see That we are not the only creatures who are B’tzelem Elohim, We are all in God’s image. So today, on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul, On the New Year of the Domesticated Beasts, Let’s give thanks to the bugs Like the four questioning children Wise and snarky and simple and oblivious, Like the four worlds of the kabbala The earth, the sky, the heart and the spirit We give thanks and acknowledge The bugs we have domesticated The bugs who serve us in their wild state The bugs that hurt us or gross us out And the bugs who live only for themselves, without any reference to us. . . .

Each Loss Breaks a Pattern, a prayer for a shiva by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 06 Apr 2015 by Trisha Arlin |

This prayer was written to introduce the service at a shiva minyan. . . .

Havdalah: Three Meditations on Holy Separations, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 27 Dec 2010 by Trisha Arlin |

Three short havdallah meditations that culminate in a havdallah prayer/blessing. . . .

Heal Me, a prayer-poem by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 03 Mar 2012 by Trisha Arlin |

A prayer-poem for healing by Trisha Arlin. . . .

If I Let It: A Kavvanah for Kabbalat Shabbat, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 18 Mar 2013 by Trisha Arlin |

Shabbat happens, If I let it. . . .

Meat and Feathers: We Confess, a vidui for Rosh haShanah la-Behemah (the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals), by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 25 Aug 2017 by Trisha Arlin |

Trisha Arlin first published this prayer for a communal confession on Rosh Hashanah LaBehemot on her liturgy site, here. Elements of this vidui (confession) are derived from the Kavvanah before Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul for Rosh Hashanah LaBehemot (New Year’s Day for Domesticated Animals). . . .

Motzi, a kavvanah before eating ḥallah by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 22 May 2011 by Trisha Arlin |

Trisha Arlin shares “Motzi”, a kavanah (intention) for the blessing, Hamotzi Lehem Min Ha’aretz, over challah. Describing the kavanah she writes that it’s, “based on Rabbi Ellen Lippmann’s tradition on having us create a chain of touch around room that leads to and from the challah, which she then explains as both exemplifying the connection created when people eat together and the chain of work that went to creating the challah itself.” . . .

A Prayer for Compassion During Violent Conflict, by Trisha Arlin (2014)

Contributed on: 23 Jul 2014 by Trisha Arlin |

A prayer for empathy and compassion in the face of calls for violence and vengeance. . . .

A Rosh haShanah Amidah, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 05 Oct 2011 by Trisha Arlin |

A paraliturgical Amidah (standing mediation) for Rosh haShanah. . . .

Rosh Ḥodesh Shevat, a prayer-poem by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 20 Jan 2013 by Trisha Arlin |

This is the month when we tell the story Of the escape from the narrow place. This is the month of Shabbat Shirah, When we sing the song of liberation. We give thanks for freedom. This is the month when we talk of wine and nuts and fruit, The New Year of the Trees. This is the month of Tu Bishvat When we eat the gifts of our planet. We give thanks to the earth. . . .

Tilt: A Prayer for the Winter Solstice, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 17 Dec 2021 by Trisha Arlin |

“Tilt: A Prayer for the Winter Solstice” was first published by the author on her website (17 December 2015). . . .

Two Cups: Elijah and Miriam, a kavvanah and a prayer by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: 05 Apr 2012 by Trisha Arlin |

We lift Miriam’s cup, Dancing prophet celebrating the world that is now. And we tell God we are grateful For the water from the earth that was Miriam’s gift, Welcome necessity, On God’s behalf. Miriam announces joy! And teaches us to save ourselves. Miriam, the bringer of mercy, There’s no prayer for her in the haggadah— So make one up! . . .