Shalom Center Video


We Challenge the Carbon Pharaohs of Our Generation

And We Seek to Create the Beloved Community.

May Every Land and all of Earth become a Land of Promise!

March 22, 2015

[ This service could be used in future years

as a framework for Earth-honoring prayerful actions

in many seasons , not only at Passover-time.]


[On translations from Hebrew: We translate “YHWH” in light of its “pronunciation” with no vowels as simply a Breath – the Breath of all life, rather than “Lord.” We translate “Yisrael” as “Godwrestlers.”  Mitzrayyim,” a double “Narrowness,” is the Hebrew word for “Egypt.” We translate it as “Tight & Narrow Space” or π“Narrowness.”  “Hallelu-Yah” is in Hebrew two words, meaning “Let us praise YAH/ God’s aspect as the life-breath.”  [Translations from Exodus are by Everett Fox in The Five Books of Moses (Schocken,1995), with some changes by Rabbi Arthur Waskow.]

The shofar sounds: “Sleepers, Awake!”      

T’ruah!  --- Shevarim!  --- Tekiah gedolah! ---- ”


[The assembly sings from Psalm 148, to the melody of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”:]

 Praise God, sun and moon, Hallelu-YAH.

Praise Yah, you stars of light, Hallelu-YAH.

 Praise God, you high heavens, Hallelu-YAH.

 All that flows in all the world, Hallelu-YAH.


Let them all praise God's Name, Hallelu-YAH.

 For God spoke and they appeared, Hallelu-YAH.

With God they take their stand, Hallelu-YAH.

 God's rhythm none must break, Hallelu-YAH.


Praise Yah from the Earth, Hallelu-YAH.

You sea-monsters and all deeps, Hallelu-YAH.

 Fire, hail, snow, and steam, Hallelu-YAH.

Stormy wind to do God's word, Hallelu-YAH.

Thousands of years ago, the Prophet Isaiah walked into a crowd that was fasting for Yom Kippur and challenged them to make the day not ritual only, but the first step in a deep turning to heal our world.

Isaiah comes alive again for our generation through a new translation  by Rabbi Arthur Waskow of The Shalom Center, music by Will Fudeman and Cantor Abbe Lyons, art work by Michael Bogdanow, and videography by Tony Ingraham.

To view the video, click on the triangle on the picture above.

VIDEO: During the week before Passover/ Holy Week in 2013, Reb Arthur Waskow was arrested with other clergy and religious leaders at the White House while participating with Interfaith Moral Action for the Climate in a pre-Passover/ Holy Week interfaith service.  Beside him, waiting to be arrested a few minutes later, was Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, a member of The Shalom Center’s Board and a member of the faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Click on the title or the triangle on the video pane to watch the two-minute video. Details of this action are located at

Yom Kippur: New Meaning, New Media, New Martyrology

One of the most painful of all Jewish prayers is "Eleh Ezkereh,” "These We Remember," often called the Martyrology -- the passage we read on Yom Kippur that describes in utter graphic detail the torture and death of ten great Rabbis by the Roman Empire, two thousand years ago. In the video right here, you can share some newer memories not in words alone but in the media of our generation – film and video -- of ten people who were killed during the last 50 years because they were affirming profound Jewish values.

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