Listen to the Knocking in Your Own Heart

by Rachel Tali Kaplan

An invitation and an ode: a rabbinical student’s thoughts on and encouragement to join Mayyim Hayyim for Knocking at Our Hearts, a High Holiday musical workshop with Joey Weisenberg, on September 10 at 3:30PM.

water and music are healing

to immerse
and
be immersed
surrounded
enveloped

both mediums
allow me
to loose myself
release
into the vastness
of the whole
only to find myself
again
and
again
in the finite
in the water’s refreshing coolness
in a chord that resonates with my soul

mikvehs and music
vessels and instruments
holding and upholding
renewing and creating anew

plunging into the mikveh
covering
every
single
part
of my body
i can let go
breathing
under water
in the purifying quiet

coming up for air
i am back
for a moment
in
the rest
of the world
only to submerge
myself
again
and
again

this is the rejuvenating melody of immersion

when i listen to music
or
sing
alone or with others
with strangers or with loved ones
i dive
vulnerably
humbly
heart first
into
creativity
connection
expression

words or wordless
new or unknown
in tune or out
the ebb and flow
through space and time
notes and noticing
feeling all the feelings
wash over me
again
and
again

this is the healing journey of song

we all
need
healing
in one way
or
another

listen
to
the knocking
in
your own heart

the water
and
the music
are here
to hold you

Rachel Tali Kaplan is a third year rabbinical school student at Hebrew College and strives to cultivate Jewish community that is as welcoming as it is meaningful. Rachel holds a BA in psychology from Grinnell College and began her career path as an organic vegetable farmer and educator. Rachel loves putting her hands in the dirt, cooking, crafting, running, practicing yoga and back porch Shabbat hammock naps.

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One Response to Listen to the Knocking in Your Own Heart

  1. “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17 – 18. Your prose brought this scripture into my mind for the healing of the nations. What serves the body and mind and spirit of each human being on this planet. Genesis I:29 and Ezekiel 47:12

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