KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICE TO CELEBRATE LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND FRIENDSHIP, SEPT 7, 2007

Our special Kabbalat Service began with a Niggun, Click here to listen

The Special Liturgy:

Many Jews believe that one cannot begin to pray, a process in which the acceptance of God upon oneself is the central experience (through the recitation of the Sh'mah), unless one has first accepted the obligation to recognize the presence of God in each person.


I hereby accept the obligation of fulfilling my Creator's mitzvah in the Torah:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

And you shall have love in your heart
For yourself and your friends
To create a world of hope and peace
We were made in the light of HaShem.

SONG: AMAR RABI AKIVA
Amar Rabi Akiva. Amar Rabi Akiva.
V'ahavtah l'ray'acha. L'ray'acha kamocha.(2x)
Zeh k'lal gadol. Gadol batorah Amar Rabi Akiva (2x).
(Click to hear the song)
RESPONSIVE READINGS:

May the door of the sanctuary of our hearts be wide enough to receive all who hunger for love all who are lonely for friendship.

May it welcome all who have cares to unburden, thanks to express, hopes to nurture.

May the door of our sanctuary be narrow enough to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.

May its threshold be no stumbling block to young or straying feet.

May it be too high to admit complacency, selfishness, and harshness.

May this sanctuary be, for all who enter, the doorway to a richer and more meaningful life.
WE ARE LOVED
We are loved by an unending love.

We are embraced by arms that find us even when we are hidden from ourselves. We are touched by fingers that soothe us even when we are too proud for soothing. We are counseled by voices that guide us even when we are too embittered to hear.

We are loved by an unending love.

We are supported by hands that uplift us even in the midst of a fall. We are urged on by eyes that meet us even when we are too weak for meeting.

We are loved by an unending love.

Embraced, touched, soothed, and counseled, ours are the arms, the fingers, the voices; ours are the hands, the eyes, the smiles;

We are loved by an unending love
SONG: B'YADO

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Transliteration: B'yado afkid ruchi, b'eit ishan v'airah, V'imruchi g'viyati, Hashem lee v'loh ira.

Translation: Into Your hands I entrust my spirit, when I sleep and when I wake, and with my spirit my body also; the Eternal is with me, I will not fear.
SONG: COME LET US TURN

Come let us turn, return and be turned
Come let us turn, return and be turned
Come let us turn, return and be turned to the One

Hashiveynu Elecha v'nashuva Hashiveynu

SONG: MAY THE WATERS OF HEALING

May the waters of healing flow through our soul.
May the waters of healing flow through our mind.
May the waters of healing flow through our heart.
May the waters of healing flow through our form

Refrain: Ah-na El na, please Holy One.
Re-fah na la, let your healing be done.
Ah-na El na, heal our soul
Re-fah na la, may we be whole.

May the pure light of healing flow through our soul.
May the pure light of healing flow through our mind
May the pure light of healing flow through our heart
May the pure light of healing flow through our form
(Click here to hear the song)

SONG: ROMEMU ADONAI ELOHEINU

Romemu adonai eloheinu vehishtachavu lehar kodsho (2x)
ki ki ki kadosh adonai eloheinu romemu. (2x)
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SONG: ADONAI S'FATAI


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Transliteration: Adonai s'fatai tiftach u'fi yagid t'hilatecha.
Translation Oh, God open up my lips, as I begin to pray.
KADDISH RABBANAN (DEBBIE FRIEDMAN VERSION)

For our teachers, and their students, and the students of the students,
We ask for peace and loving kindness.
And let us say, amen
And for those who study Torah, here and everywhere,
may they be blessed with all they need.
And let us say, amen.
Chorus: We ask for peace and loving kindness.
And let us say, amen (6x)
(Click here to hear the song)

AL TASTIER: DON'T HIDE YOUR FACE FROM ME

Don't hide Your face from me;
I'm asking for Your help.
I call to You, please hear my prayers, 0 G-d.
If you would answer me, as I have called to You
Please heal me now, don't hide Your face from me.
(Click here to hear the song)

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