There is a sacredness within us
all around

Placed here by the hand of G-d

This blood flows through all of life coming to rest in who we are

As sacrifices were made
this enriched liquid was spread on the altar

The smoke from burning animals rising in holiness

And the Children of Israel paused to acknowledge the Creator

Today breezes blow and waves dance upon the ocean sand

We sacrifice something far more sacred

With rising prayer and beating heart
we seek the burning scent of our direction

Standing before the Eternal Flame

Its warmth lapping at the edges of our souls

We open our spiritual hearts



In time with the most sacred song

Lyrics of lamentation mix with notes of praise

Together creating a song of the heart

Our own blood flowing toward a giving G-d Rivers of calm and awe encircle our
lives with the birthmark of who we are

As offspring of the sacred

Sacrificing ourselves

Freely offering all we have
in love of our sacred family

Rabbi Tad Berga

(Rabbi Tad Berga is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and bereavement counselor who currently serves Seasons Hospice in Pinellas, Florida.)

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