by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Earth Etude for Elul 8- Waves on the Beach

I stand on the beach.
     I hear them,
see them,
rising, falling,
splashing, foaming.

Deep within me 
  waves form,
  rise up,
are released,
unite with the ocean waves.

Throughout my body
engulf me.

The Earth is suffering.

I cannot simply stand,
Act, I must,
driven by my grief, 
by my love,
by the waves,
in order to live with myself,
with the Holy One of Blessing–
who is able to quiet waves,
in the sea,
in my soul–
who continues to command me,


Earth Etude for Elul 8- Waves on the Beach

.אני עומדת על חוף הים


,שומעת אני אותם     

רואה אותם     

,גואים, יורדים          

.זוהרים, בועים      


בעמקים פנימיים 

,גלים נוצרים     



.מתאחדים עם גליי הים     


בכל גופי 




.מתפשטים בתוכי     

.כדור הארץ סובל

,עסור לי רק לעמוד




 ,לפעול חובה עלי

,נדרשת מאבלי      



,כדי לחיות עם עצמי     

–עם הקדוש ברוך הוא          

,שמסוגל לשבח גלים               



,שממשיך לפקוד אותי               



Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and leader of Ma'yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope in Wayland, MA, and a staff chaplain at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She is also the co-convener of the Jewish Climate Action Network and the co-creator of Gathering in Grief: The Israel / Gaza Conflict.

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