After singing from the Song of Solomon: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine, that feedeth among the lilies”; and other rhythmic verses, the female rabbi launched into a very sensuous version of ‘Hallelujah’, which we know better from Lenny Cohen.
The congregation seemed to be very young in age, but I learn that there was a group of Mormon Biblical students from the Brigham Young University, as well as another group from Germany with Moslem students – very ecumenical.
Afterwards, we went home to join other friends for the Shabbat meal. A prayer was said over the wine sanctifying the Shabbat, and then another prayer over two loaves of bread, which another broke and distributed with a shake of salt.
The Jewish and Catholic traditions are similar, but different. I’m ashamed to say that it’s taken me 71 years to really start to understand this Jewish tradition.
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