- Why might this be?
- The High Holiday services are filled with many words. What might the sound of the shofar accomplish that pages and pages of words cannot?
- “Lishmoah / לשמוע” can be translated as to hear, listen, obey, or understand. Reading those definitions back into the text, what new is sparked for you?
- The word “kol” directly translates to “voice.”
- What might it mean for the shofar to have a voice?
- What voice/ voices do you easily hear? What voice/ voices are you yearning (or perhaps not wanting) to hear this month?
- What would it mean to be “empty or hollowed out of everything”?
- How might this resonate (or not) with what it means to deeply listen?
- What might you need to “empty” as the work of Cheshbon Hanefesh (soul-searching/ self-accounting) begins this Elul? What would support you in this?
From “Echoes” by Audre Lorde
I am listening
in that fine space
between desire and always
the grave stillness
- What might this poem add to your discussion?