Textual Arachne

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Yesterday morning it snowed for a little while--the first snow of the season. "What if," said my professor, staring out the basement window, "we said a blessing for the first snow? We say blessings for food, for waking, for the first fruits of a season...What would be different about our lives if we said a blessing for the first snow?"

What if?

Blessed are You, Lady of white cold, who takes down our autumn colors and brings us to the year's sleep.
Blessed are You, Lady of the hearth, who lights the fires and calls us to warmth and welcome.
May Your first snow circle Your hearth, heralding the season to come.


At 11:05 AM, Blogger rbarenblat said...

For me, the first snow of the year is an opportunity to say shehecheyanu, the blessing which thanks the Creator for keeping me alive, sustaining me, and enabling me to reach this moment. It's the all-purpose Jewish blessing for sanctifying special times, often used for the first everything of the year... :-)

Happy Thanksgiving!


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