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III. Morning Amidah & Personal Prayers
[Traditionally there are different parts for leader and for congregation. Here, we will leave who says what up to each individual group.]

May the Divine open my lips, so that I may speak praise.

1. Ancestors
Beruchah at Asherah Elataynu ve elat imotaynu. Elat Sarah. Elat Revka. Elat Rachel v'Leah, v'Elat kol imotaynu.
Blessed is She who is our Goddess and Goddess of our ancestors. Goddess of Sarah, Rebeccah, Rachel and Leah, and all our mothers. Goddess who is full of wonders, we approach you with wonder, awe, and joy. When we are good, you are good; when we are kind, you are kind; for all of creation flows from you and through you. You remember the good deeds of our mothers and fathers and you bring a time of great joy and reunion when all people again openly utter your name.

Elah, eim, breeah, haganah;
Beruchah at Asherah, haganat Sarah.

Goddess, Mother, creator, protector.
Blessed is Asherah, Protector of Sarah.

2. Strength
Asherah chazakah le'olam ve'hi mekor kochaynu.
She who is eternally strong is the source of our strength.

She continually brings forth new life, even from that which seems dead.

[from Shemini Atzeret to Pesach, add:]

You are the wind and the rain.

[at all times, continue:]
In your graciousness, you feed the living and revive the dead, support the frail, heal the sick, and free the oppressed. We trust in you, and you help us arise from the dust. You flow through us, source of strength. You are with us in life and in death and you will bring us new life like the flowering of spring.

Beruchah at Elah, Eim ha'Olam, mechayah hameitim.
Blessed is Goddess, the Eternal Mother, who brings life to the dead.

3. Holiness
You are holy, your name is Holy and the holy ones continually praise you, Selah. Blessed are you, the Holy Goddess.

We declare your name holy in this world, as it is in all worlds, as we say together:

Kedoshah, kedoshah, kedoshah, haKedoshah
melo kol ha'eretz Shekhinah.

Holy, holy, holy is the Holy One.
The whole earth is filled with Her glory.

In a great loud voice, awesome and strong, they stand to face the holy ones who face them and say:

Beruchah at Shekhinah ha'Kedoshah, zoremet el-olam me'eim hakol.
Blessed is the Holy Presence flowing into the universe from the Mother of All.

Goddess, be with us here now. Thank you for returning to us and being with us in our lifetime. We proclaim your presence and your holiness to all for eternity and welcome your return to Zion by saying, Hallelujah. We shall always speak of you and your name shall never leave our lips:

Elah, Asherah, Shekhinah, Kedoshah, le'olam hazeh le'olam haba le'olam va'ed.
Goddess, Asherah, Indwelling Presence, Holy One, in this world and the world to come forever.

Beruchah at Asherah ha'elah ha'kedoshah.
Blessed is Asherah, the Holy Goddess.

4. This Day
On this day, regardless of our worldly status in our daily work, we stand as equals before our Goddess. We set aside the striving, the burdens, the competition of our weekday life and turn our hearts and minds to the indwelling presence of the Divine.

We have felt alone, though She has been in our hearts. But today in joy and trust we gather to speak Her name together as her name was spoken by our ancestors. There was a time when she was disguised, hidden, and in this secrecy there were some who forgot her Name. But today we remember Her as she remembers us. As we set aside our masks and the veils of everyday life, we stand before the Divine without pretense, so do we remove the veil of her disguise and declare her Holy Name openly, in faith and in joy.

Our Goddess and Goddess of our ancestors, care for us as we rest from care. Make us holy in your teachings, and help us teach others of you. Your bounty fills us and we rejoice in your blessings. Purify our hearts so that we may bring honor to you. Thank you for the love we find in you, and thank you for helping us come together on this day.

Let us rest now from our daily labor as we say:

Beruchah at Kedoshah mekadeshet haShabbat.
Blessed is Holy One, who hallows the Sabbath.

5. Temple Restoration
May She who is Our Goddess rejoice as we, her children, restore her to the Temple Service. In the Temple built by Solomon, our people honored Her, when the Temple was rebuilt, She was given a place. When the Temple was destroyed she was exiled with us, our Shekhinah.

Shekhinah, Asherah, Kedoshah, Elah, we restore you in our prayers and in our sanctuary, and we ask that you remain here enshrined, as you remain enshrined in our hearts forever.

[on the new moon (Rosh Hodesh) add:]

Goddess and Goddess of our ancestors, may our thoughts and words reach you, and may you look with favor upon us and upon the memories of our ancestors. As this month begins, we trust in you to help us when we are troubled, encourage us when we lack strength, crown us with achievement, and bless us with love and peace.

[at all times say:]

May we continue to witness your joyful return to Zion.

Beruchah at Elah, Eim hakol, Asherah, hamachazirah shekinatah le'tziyon.
Blessed are you, Goddess, Great Mother, Asherah, as you return your presence to Zion.

6. Thanksgiving
We thank you for being here with us, Goddess and Goddess of our ancestors. And we give thanks to our ancestors-- to Sarah who was your priestess, to Rachel and Dinah who sheltered you, to Solomon and his family who kept the you in the Temple, and to all our ancestors who sought to preserve you and to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who honored you as Shekhinah and by other names. Great Goddess, you are with us forever, our strength and our protection from aeon to aeon. We thank you for our lives which dwell in your life, for our souls which dwell in your soul, and for your wonders which we experience daily and which are with us morning, noon and night. Your love never ends, your kindness never ceases. In love and trust, we rest with you forever.

[Several moments for silent prayers of thanks from your heart.
We then pray aloud:]

For all these things may your name be blessed and exalted always and forever.

Beruchah at Elat Todah, meviah tovah lechayim velach naeh lehodot.
Blessed are you, Goddess of Gratitude, whose brings good into our lives and to whom we give thanks.

Our Goddess and Goddess of our ancestors, with these words we invoke your triple blessing:

May Goddess bless you and protect you. May her face shine upon you and grant you grace. May her presence flow through you and bring you peace.

7. Peace
May all people enjoy peace, goodness, and blessing, mercy, equality and freedom.

Barchinu Imenu kulanu ka'achat be'or Shekhinah.
Bless us, Mother of All, as one in the light of your indwelling presence.

For in the light of your indwelling presence you gave us the teachings of life and the love of mercy, charity, righteousness, with blessings of freedom and peace. May all people be blessed at all times with your peace.

Beruchah at Elat haShalom, hamevorekhet kol chai bashalom
Blessed are you, Goddess of Peace, who blesses us with peace.

[Use these prayers for inspiration and add your own]

Each Day
by G. Rayzel Raphael
Brucha at Yah Ha-notenet et hayom
Thank you G-d for giving me this day.
Space and time to learn and to play;
Life is journey -- no day's ever the same
Thank you G-d -- I'll try not to complain.
Brucha at Yah Ha-notenet et hayom

When my head hurts and my back is stiff,
its hard to remember that life is a gift;
When trapped in the body with nothing but pain,
We summon the courage to dance again.
Brucha at Yah Ha-notenet et hayom

My mind plays such games as wondering " WHY"
Some live to old age, some too young to die;
when those questions chase around in my head
I choose to count my blessings instead
Brucha at Yah Ha-notenet et hayom
Now the heart is the place where longing resides
and sometimes it feels like its empty inside;
the heart is a muscle it needs exercise-
so flex it often to heal and grow wise.
Brucha at Yah Ha-notenet et hayom
My soul yearns for G-d to bathe in the light
yet the cloak of despair clings very tight;
the trial of darkness illumines desire
to offer our suffering into the fire.

by Rachel Pollack

Yearning Ignites Holy Unknown Desire
For the life of the union
Of the Holy One and the Shekinah
The Broken and the Perfect
The Body and the Infinite
The Image and the Act
The Winged and the Dirt

For Shekinah and Lilith
For Hava and Lilith
for Lilith and Lilith

For the perfect restoration
Of the Dismembered Body
Her scattered pieces
Sparks struck
In mountain and wave
Music and snow
The eye and the tongue

I, (your name)
Daughter (son) of (mother's first name)
Daughter (son) of (father's first name)
Daughter (son) of my Mother
Daughter (son) of Names

Sister (brother) of Wings
Of Artemis, Isis, and Lilith
Of Shekinah
Breath of the world

I offer myself
Synapse and skin
To the mitzvot of the beloved

You shall love the Eternal
Your Mother
With all your heart and all your might
You shall love your fellow being
As yourself

And by this grace
May I open up my mouth

Yitgadal veyitkadash shemeh rabah - - (Amen.)
- - be'almah di verah chir'uteh veyamlich malchuteh, bechayechon uv yomechon uvechayey dechol bet yisroel ba'agalah uvizman kariv. Ve'imru "Amen."
- - Be'almah di verah cgur;uteh veyamlich machuteh, bechayey dechol bet Yisroel be'agalah uvizman kariv. Ve'imru "Amen."

Yehai shemai rabah mevarach le'alam ul'almai almayah

Yibarach veyishtabach veyitpa'ar veyitromam veyitnaseh veyit'hadar veyit'aleh veyhit'halal shemeh dekedushah, berich hu.

Le elah min kol birchatah veshiratah tushbechatah veneechematah da'amiran be'almah. Ve'imru: "Amen."

Titkabel tzelot'hon uva' ut'hon dechol bet Yisrael kodam avuhon di vishmayah ve'imu, Amen.

Yehai shelemah rabah min shemayah vechayim, alenu ve'al kol Yisrael ve'al kol yoshrei tevel ve'imru, Amen

May the Divine bring peace and life to us and to all people. And as we say it: So be it.


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