Between the Fires
On this day, the 17th of Iyyar, the day when the Flood began,
this day when we prepare to kindle fires for Lag B'Omer,
we share a unique burden.
We are the first generation to understand
what the Floods could mean:
The Flood of Noah, when the Water of Life undid Life
and the Flood of Malachi, the Flood of Fire.
We are the generation standing
between the fires:
Behind us the flame and smoke
that rose from Auschwitz, from Hiroshima.
Before us the nightmare of a
Flood of Fire and Water,
from the burning of the Amazon and the melting of the Antarctic,
"the day that comes burning like an oven,"
a day when our flames could consume so much of the earth.
It is our task to make from fire not an all-consuming blaze
but a light in which we can see each other fully.
All of us different, All of us bearing
Let us light the fires of Lag B'Omer to see more clearly
that the earth and all who live as part of it
are not for burning.
Let us light our fires to see more clearly
the rainbow in the many-hued faces
Of all life.
Blessed is the One within the many.
Blessed are the many who embody the One.
"Here! I am sending you
Elijah the Prophet
Before the coming
of the great and terrible day
of YAHH, the Breath of Life.
And he shall turn the heart
Of fathers for children
And the heart of children
for their fathers.
Lest I come and
strike the earth
Here we stand
before the great and terrible day -
Let us turn the hearts
of parents to their children
and the hearts of children to their parents
so that this day of smiting
does not fall upon us or our children.
"And then the Sun of Righteousness will shine forth
and heal with her wings."
Ken Y'hi Ratzon, So May It Be.
This prayer could be read as one begins to set up or light a Lag B'omer bonfire. It would be a good idea to act as one prays and make sure you've set up a carbon offset for the fire. There is still time for creatnig a new a liturgy for Rainbow Day , which is June 1, the anniversary of the day the flood ended and Noah's family and the animals left the ark. We'll see what comes.
May I ask you, as part of using or thinking about this kavannah for
Lag B'Omer, to commit to one new thing you can do to lessen your
"carbon footprint", perhaps even something you can start doing by
Rainbow Day. And can I ask you to *record* whatever you commit to on
the "signwave" page of StoptheFlood,