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Section 3 of “Shekhinah: The Presence” by Joseph Zitt
This is an unedited scan of the text, courtesy of Josh Ronsen
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She is spirit She is air She is earth on fire Above, below the waters She is but a fragment The least, some say, of the shells of the Creator but yet the least part of the infinite is greater than the greatest of us, we who are defined by flesh and continuity. She is everywhere the creator is; that is- she is everywhere yet she is most wonderfully, here summoned by prayer summoned by our intent summoned by our wishes from the silent world of dreams Arise, most ancient! Arise, our mother! Arise, our bride! Arise, our daughter! We raise our eyes our hands our hearts our voice unto the hills and sing together "a song for the dedication of the house" "a psalm for the thanks-offering" "a hymn for praise" and psalm after psalm "Hallelujah!" (146) "Hallelujah!" (147) "Hallelujah!" (148, 149, 150) and from Chronicles, Chronicles, Nehemiah, Exodus we praise the Creator who may or may not be hearing us who may or may not accept us who may or may not answer our prayers, praises, supplications but even those of us who wonder if the Creator exists at all or ever did or ever will join in the song as if our voices can will into existence the one whose will would have caused us to exist and from the fervent murmur of our voices joined together, once per psalm in unison, then breaking apart again to the true human rhythm where the solitary simulates the simultaneous like the waves, joining, peaking, then drifting back to independent currents like the eagles soaring in a seemingly common spiral (yet, if you watch each one, flying in a multitude of personal air-dances of ragged individuality) arises a more powerful magic a common voice the syllables we utter combining, merging an incantation of secret names that no single voice could dare pronounce as inverse sacred lullaby and from the slumber of pauses between prayers of the passage between planes of the journey through the spheres to this lowest (but still needed) world our ancient mother bride child wakes! and lowering her arms opens her eyes tests her legs (to see whether she stands on sky or on our far more common ground) steps pauses steps her legs are the legs of a colt new to gravity her arms the wings of dragonflies soft taloned fingers those of eagles who in unseen gentle moment nurture new-hatched young her body the stem of a warm-blooded sunflower turning slowly, slowly as she pauses steps pauses and focuses our intention on her Presence on the Presence of the Creator of this manifestation of words of love of words of law (not made flesh, no- though we can touch her, hold her dance with her in this extended moment, still she has no failings of the flesh and can not ache and can not strain and can not, even for a moment, die yet will be here, real, while sustained by our intensity, and little longer till she must return to the world of dreams or another hall of prayer and focuses our hearts upon her and we circle her like planets reflecting her light upon each other echoing her movements and as she moves, we move and as she sings, we sing, and as she wakes the morning world we step pause step and each in his own manner every body, every soul, adding the motions we have learned in the pain and joy of our existence repeating and embellishing her praisedance in private ways step Hallelujah! (all the earth) Hallelujah! (o my soul) Hallelujah! (all the angels) Hallelujah! (with a new song) Hallelujah! (closer, closer) drawn by joyous gravity we circle her, we fall in toward her, longing for her to embrace the Presence grasp the heart of prayer lay our hands upon the holy and our leader calls out, "Glorified! Sanctified! is the Great Name!" and we move to melt into the Presence, lose ourselves in her, she who loves and comforts she whose power is such that we forget ourselves and move to lose our selves in joy!
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