Last Shabbat we had the opportunity to sing some extra songs from the psalms of Hallel. One of my favorite moments in the Hallel service is a call and response that begins, Hodu L’Adonai Ki Tov. For which the community responds, Ki L'Olam Hasdo. These are spiritual phrases from Psalm 118 that hold tremendous meaning and are hard to translate into english vernacular without diluting their resonance. But I will try!
Call: Hodu L'Adonai Ki Tov - Gratitude to the Source of Life - whose essence is goodness and for this specific goodness.
Response: Ki L'Olam Hasdo - May we always and endlessly experience the flow goodness and loving-kindness.
I am so looking forward to this weekend's celebration of our community. I share these words with you as an expression of my own excitement and gratitude. I know that SO many hands and hearts have brought us to this very moment. And I am very grateful.
See you this weekend, I hope! And for those who cannot be there, we will be sending you love. The ritual on Saturday night will, hopefully, be on Facebook Live at 7:30 pm.
Rabbi Ari Lev
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