Trisha Arlin (liturgist)

Trisha Arlin (liturgist)

Trisha Arlin is a liturgist, performer and student of prayer in Brooklyn, NY, and a part-time rabbinic student at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Trisha has served as Scholar/Artist In Residence at various synagogues in the US and was Liturgist-In-Residence during the National Havurah Committee 2014 Summer Institute. She has taught her workshop, Writing Personal Prayer, at Limmud NY, the NHC Institute, Shavuot Across Brooklyn and synagogues in New York, New Jersey and Ohio. “PLACE YOURSELF”, a collection of new liturgy and kavannot, from Dimus Parrhesia Press.  Trisha's work is published online at triganza.blogspot.com, RitualWell, and the Open Siddur Project. and in print in “Jews And Pluralism” (Ben Yehuda Press), “The Sacred Table” (CCAR Press) and "A Poet's Siddur" (Ain't Got No Press).

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

Contributed on: ח׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ג (2013-03-18) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

Shabbat happens, If I let it. . . .


Heal Me, a prayer-poem by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: ט׳ באדר ה׳תשע״ב (2012-03-03) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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


Each Loss Breaks a Pattern: A Shiva Prayer by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: י״ח בניסן ה׳תשע״ה (2015-04-06) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

This prayer was written to introduce the service at a shiva minyan: Baruch Atah Adonai, Ruach HaOlam, Blessed One-ness, Breath of the Universe, Breathing us in, Breathing us out. Each loss breaks a pattern. We remember and we pray. We remember our loved one, _(name)_ Beloved _(relationship)_ Each loss breaks a pattern, And we remember them. We remember them Because they gave us to ourselves, We remember them Because we loved each other, And we remember Because, well, That is our job. Every loss breaks a pattern, And we pray. We pray and place ourselves in front of the fear, We place ourselves in front of the anger, We place ourselves in front of the grief, We pray and delight in our memories We pray and listen for music that reminds us there will be joy again. We pray for the long repair that happens after the patterns break. And we give thanks for the ancient traditions, Telling the story even when we can’t. Hallelu Yah, breathing in, Remembering us when we cannot. Hallelu Yah, breathing out, Praying with us when we feel alone. Amen . . .


Rosh Ḥodesh Shevat, a prayer-poem by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: י׳ בשבט ה׳תשע״ג (2013-01-20) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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. . . .


A Prayer for Compassion During Violent Conflict, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: כ״ה בתמוז ה׳תשע״ד (2014-07-23) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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


A Rosh haShanah Amidah, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: ח׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ב (2011-10-05) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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


שתי כוסות, לאליהו ומרים | Two Cups: Elijah and Miriam, a kavvanah and a prayer by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: י״ד בניסן ה׳תשע״ב (2012-04-05) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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! . . .


Motzi — a kavvanah before eating ḥallah, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: י״ח באייר ה׳תשע״א (2011-05-22) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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

Contributed on: כ״ט בתשרי ה׳תשע״ו (2015-10-12) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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. . . .


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: ג׳ באלול ה׳תשע״ז (2017-08-25) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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). . . .


Havdallah: Three Meditations on Holy Separations, by Trisha Arlin

Contributed on: כ׳ בטבת ה׳תשע״א (2010-12-27) by Trisha Arlin (liturgist) |

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