Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Rejoice!

Sukkot is z’man simcahteinu, “the time of our rejoicing.” We’re commanded to be happy during Sukkot. Commanded? While joy is an emotion, it’s also a spiritual practice. For a week, the choice is joy. This poem/prayer is about the practice of joy. To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

Rejoice!
Dance one-thousand steps toward heaven.
Sing one-thousand hymns of praise.
Breathe one-thousand breaths of glory.
Rejoice!

Climb one-thousand steps of courage.
Chant one-thousand hymns of hope.
Laugh one-thousand breaths of healing.
Rejoice!

Walk one-thousand steps of power.
Hum one-thousand hymns of life.
Share one-thousand breaths of wonder.
Rejoice!

Leap one-thousand steps toward beauty.
Cry one-thousand hymns of joy.
Feel one-thousand breaths of mystery.
Rejoice! Rejoice!

© 2010 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s a prayer called “Let Joy” and another called “For Joy.”

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