The child whispered, “God speak to me.”
And a meadowlark sang,
But the child did not hear.
So the child yelled, “God, speak to me.”
And the thunder rolled across the sky,
But the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
“God, let me see you.”
And a star shone brightly,
But the child did not notice.
And so the child shouted,
“God , show me a miracle!”
And a life was born,
But the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair,
“Touch me God,
and let me know you are here.”
Whereupon , God reached down
And touched the child
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked on unknowingly.
“In this day and age,”said Rabbi Moshe, “the greatest devotion – greater than learning and praying – consists of accepting the world exactly as it happens to be.”
The person sitting next to you
Is the Messiah
Waiting for some simple human Kindness-
And watch your hands.
And if he/she so Chooses
Not to reveal himself/herself
In your time
It will not matter.
(from the Yiddish)
Translalted by Dannty Siegel
Sh’ma Yisrael , Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai echad
The expansion of human power has hardly begun,
And what we are going to do with our power
May either save or destroy our planet.
The earth may be of small significance
Within the infinite universe.
But if it is of some significance,
We hold the key to it.
In our own age we have been forced
Into the realization that there will be either
One world, or no world
Abraham Joshua Heschel
We are One
You have just communicated with the cosmos, an act of the greatest moment because it is a conscious recognition of the living universe … The content of your message – whatever you are experiencing at the moment – is not what matters most. The key is the act itself, the recognition that the universe is alive and responsive in you and to you .
Zalman Schachter – Shalomi