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?

kathy-ps27-pltinlightYou 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.

If war rises against me, in this I trust.

One thing I ask You, one thing I seek.

To sit in Your house all the days of my life,
to sit in Your palace, 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 wondrous songs to You.

Hear my voice when I call.

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Be gracious,
and answer me.

For my heart seeks Your Presence.

 

 

 

Don't hide from me, don't turn away,
for You've been my support.

Don't push me aside or leave me,
for You are my very core.

Though my father and mother have left me,
You have gathered me up.

Teach me Your ways 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.

vicki-elul

 

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