The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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How to count the omer!

Each day between the beginning of Passover and Shavuot gets counted, 49 days in all, 7 weeks of seven days. Here are the words we say and some of the meaning behind the ritual.

A simple Tu Bishvat Haggadah

An all-English simple haggadah for Tu Bishvat with intro.

Breaking Open the Abyss – on Tisha B'Av and the Gulf

When King David disturbs the foundation stone of the world, the waters of the t'hom, the abyss, rise up through the breach King David has made, threatening to destroy the world

The Panoply of Symbols for the Sefirot

A reference list of symbols for the Sefirot.

The Ultimate Text Crunching Sheet for Tu Bish'vat

Study, for many days or for one seder, some of the great Jewish and Kabbalistic texts on fruit, trees and the earth.

A Prayer for the Earth – Hebrew and English

Y'kum Purkan Lish'maya: A prayer for the earth, for use in your synagogue, minyan, or havurah; for Earth Day, Rainbow Day, Shabbat Noach, Shabbat Behar/Bechukotai, everyday.

iPhone OMER COUNTER

iPhone app to count the Omer!!!

Blessing the Sun

Once in 28 years – that's how often this blessing comes around. Here's a liturgy we used that weaves together Kabbalah and deep ecology, along with links to more resources.

Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder

From the 16/17th century seder manual, P'ri Eitz Hadar, based on the Kabbalah of the four worlds. The original seder calls on us to bring blessing to all creation.

Hu Ya'aneinu (fathers and mothers) for Yom Kippur Eve and Selichot pdf

God Answered the Mothers too! Hu Ya'aneinu, "God will answer us", with verses for the mothers and the fathers together. PDF with linear Hebrew and English.

Hatarat Nedarim doc

A liturgy for the old custom of being released from vows before Rosh Hashanah, from Reb Zalman.

Hoshana Rabbah: new translation

The original Jewish earth prayers

An environmental Al Chet

For the sin of destroying God's creation...

Laments: A Fresh Translation of Eikhah

Downloadable, printable Lamentations for use on Tish'a B'Av, in PDF and Davkawriter formats, with linear translation and an afterword on theodicy and theology

How to chant Eihkah

a link to song files and texts on Lenn Fellman's website.

Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden

Richard Kaplan's eco-lament for Tisha B'Av

Between the Fires: Lag B'Omer, Flood Day and Rainbow Day

A liturgy for the day before Lag B'omer leading into Lag B'omer, related to global warming and the flood of Noah, which began on the 17th of Iyyar.

Birkat Ha-ilanot

Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here.

Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar

Imagine a Jewish practice which has the purpose of restoring all the species and creatures, and all the sparks they contain, to the fullness of blessing.

Meditation song for Chanukah

A nigun for Ana Bekhoach for meditating on the Chanukah candles.

Mi Yimalel

One of the most anti-religious songs ever sung in a synagogue...

Geshem

The prayer for rain: Mark and Reb Simcha's geshem piyut for the mothers.

The Mommas and the Poppas

A way to add the imahot to the first blessing of the Amidah that is both more explicitly feminist and more halakhically conservative.

Ushpizin: Inviting the Mothers Imahot to the Sukkah

A liturgy that includes the imahot, the mothers, seems not only good but imperative.

Hamelekh Hakadosh – a Breslov minhag

Clapping for God!

Yedid Nefesh

Most siddurim include Yedid Nefesh, but if yours doesn't, you can open and print this one page pdf based on Siddur Chaverim Kol Yisrael.

A Prayer For Voting

If you can't pray in a voting booth, where can you pray? And where would you need more to pray?

History and Evolution of Chasidus

Links to some Wikipedia articles on Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism, with a description of some future projects. Please write in with additions!

Ana Bekhoach liturgy

What is Ana Bekhoach; how to use it in shul; download and print out the text, and more.




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How to count the omer! ~
A simple Tu Bishvat Haggadah ~
Breaking Open the Abyss – on Tisha B'Av and the Gulf ~
The Panoply of Symbols for the Sefirot ~
The Ultimate Text Crunching Sheet for Tu Bish'vat ~
A Prayer for the Earth – Hebrew and English ~
iPhone OMER COUNTER ~
Blessing the Sun ~
Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder ~
Hu Ya'aneinu (fathers and mothers) for Yom Kippur Eve and Selichot pdf ~
Hatarat Nedarim doc ~
Hoshana Rabbah: new translation ~
An environmental Al Chet ~
Laments: A Fresh Translation of Eikhah ~
How to chant Eihkah ~
Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden ~
Between the Fires: Lag B'Omer, Flood Day and Rainbow Day ~
Birkat Ha-ilanot ~
Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar ~
Meditation song for Chanukah ~
Mi Yimalel ~
Geshem ~
The Mommas and the Poppas ~
Ushpizin: Inviting the Mothers Imahot to the Sukkah ~
Hamelekh Hakadosh – a Breslov minhag ~
Yedid Nefesh ~
A Prayer For Voting ~
History and Evolution of Chasidus ~
Ana Bekhoach liturgy ~
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