Yom Kippur

I stand before You...
feel the rustle of the pages of the 
Book of Life and the Book of Death...
open to the Holy, calling 
upon the name of God, 
HaBorei, my Creator, Former, Maker...

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HaBorei, You Who breath life into my bones...
I, who am in Your image, I, who am dust and ashes,
I come to you dressed in white...

   white as the east and white as the west...
     white as emptiness and white as fullness...
       white of my death and white of my birth...
         white of passage as I walk this day...

I dress in white, I bare my feet...stand on Your ground...
  where I came from, my namesake, and
    where I will return...

You Who give me life each moment...
 I who am in Your image, I who am dust and ashes,
 I come to You dressed in white...

      white of burial shroud and white of wedding garb...
        white worn in freedom and white of judgment time...
          white of the moon and white of the stars...
             white of light....

I dress in white, unadorned, container of all colors...
   I stand before You as You made me,
     incomplete, imperfect,
        beautifully crafted...

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HaBorei, 
You Who sustain me each second...
I who am in Your image, I who am dust and ashes...
I come to You dressed in white....

  white of leaving and white of returning...
   white of exile and white of homecoming...
     white of struggle and white of release...
       white of responsibility and white of power...
          white of night clouds and white of dawn...

 

I bare my soul... open her...
 she, a white dove, flutters to You, as
   I come before You
     dressed in white...

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HaBorei, My Maker,
  remember, I am in Your image...
    remember, I am but dust and ashes...

Aid me cleanse...purify...
  that I may 
    see more keenly...walk more clearly...
     choose more wisely...live more truly...
      with all the gifts, power, and beauty You planted within me...
        in the days You grant me on this earth... 

HaBorei,  You Who brought me into Life...
  look upon me with loving, graciousness and
    Compassion...

 


Photography Credits

First photograph: Kathy Berendt
Second photograph: Leonid Rozenfeld
Third photograph: Frank Dobrushken