Nafshi Revaya - נפשי רויה My Soul Overflows
Rabbi SaraLeya Schley's Writings
The next verse is about hands - the hands of the blessor, of the surgeon, of the mother, of the artist, of the athlete. Psalm 134 says "Lift up your hands in holiness and bless The Eternal". My hands are imprinted on the tallit in partnership with the hamsa - the hand of God offering protection from Above - and, in partnership, the channels for blessing and abundance can be opened. The final verse from Exodus 23 states, " let there not be miscarriage or barrenness in your land". For me, the greenery, pomegranates and dove incorporated, not only my other world as a gynecologist, but a prayer for abundance, fruitfulness and peace/wholeness in all of our endeavors.
So I bless us that, from a place of deep yearning, our Connectedness with ourselves, with each other and with That-Which-Is-Greater manifest with a flow of verdant plenty and generativity throughout our world as we dedicate the works of our hands to healing and goodness.
Tale of a Tallit and 3 Verses
When, in 2005, Or Shalom in San Francisco gifted me. in celebration of my ordination, the opportunity to create a tallit with artist Nancy Katz, we merged an intention from 3 verses from Torah. The words written accros the top - the atarah - are from Psalm 42: As a dear yearns for streams of water, "so my soul longs for You, O God". This sense of always desiring Closeness has been the ground of my spritual life.