Unetaneh Tokef

I found this prayer on GWP and, oddly I suppose, liked it. 

“On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; who by water and who by fire, who by sword, who by beast, who by famine, who by thirst, who by storm, who by plague, who by strangulation, and who by stoning. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and who will be harried, who will enjoy tranquility and who will suffer, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched, who will be degraded and who will be exalted.”

Not cheery but as Girl mentions, hopeful, in a way that I wonder if most people ever really understand. There is karma in the world and a method to the madness. Perhaps it is not a bad thing to take time out to acknowledge it.

4 thoughts on “Unetaneh Tokef

  1. Someone I know is sincerely learning about Judaism and took time off to attend services last evening and this morning. She is yearning to make personal changes. To celebrate the Jewish new year at this time seems just right, and I’ve taken advantage of this time to think about my hope in things unseen.

  2. There is some Buddhist philosophy in that prayer. I suppose when you boil it down, all religions teach the same thing, really.

    On VH1 it’s officially Rush Hashanah and they’re playing 24 hours of Rush videos. So that’s kind of fun.

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