Psalm 27: 
Traditionally read from Rosh Chodesh Elul to Hoshannah Rabbah
A poetic rendering

You are my light, You save me, whom shall I fear?
   You are the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?


When those who draw near me to do evil, to eat my flesh,
   my adversaries,
     they will stumble and fall.
       If an army comes and encamps against me,
         my heart will not fear.

One thing I ask You, one thing I seek...
  To sit in Your house, in Your palace...
     to see Your splendor...


In frightening times You conceal me in Your sukkah,
  You hide me in the secrecy of Your tent.
     When my enemies surround me,
        You lift me high upon a rock,
           and raise my head.

In Your tent I sound notes of
Teruah, I sing to You.

Hear my voice when I call...



Be gracious, and answer me
   for my heart seeks Your Presence...





Don't hide from me, nor turn away,
   for You've been my support. 
     Don't push me aside or leave me...
        for You are my core.

Though my father and mother have left me,
   You have gathered me up... 
     Teach me and lead me in a clear path...

Don't let my soul be given up to those who thirst to injure it,
   for those who speak against me falsely come near, breathing violence.



I am ever thankful
  that I dared look for Your goodness...
    for I found a land of life...







I wait for You... 
  May my heart be strengthened and given courage...
     as I wait for You...



Photography Credits

First photograph: Kathy Berendt
Second photograph: Leonid Rozenfeld
Third photograph: Vicki Hollander