A highlight of Kabbalat Shabbat in Jerusalem

Dear Friends,
This beautiful chant was a highlight of my kabbalat shabbat in Jerusalem last week at Nava Tehila. Ehyeh Asher Eyeh is the name God reveals to Moses at his moment of enlightmenment. It is translated as, I will be as I will be. God as a verb, as Life Unfolding.

As you listen, imagine my walk this morning on the Temple Mount.  With each step I walked and breathed with the priests and the people bringing offerings in the time of the Temple. I sat and meditated facing the Dome of the Rock, the Moslem Temple built on the rock where Mohammed is said to have hit his head and become enlightened ( my drosh, or take, my words for this), the same spot where Abraham and Isaac were tested, Mt.Moriah.  Today only Moslems are allowed to pray there; I prayed to myself. With each step,I rememberd Heschel’s words with Martin Luther King- I felt as if my feet were praying. And they were. And thenI sat down and coninued meditating, the thought, I’ve never meditated where it may be illegal to do this.

And all was well. The sun, the blue skies, passersby. The sense of interbeing that arose in me, that I was in this place where millions of people have brought and left prayers for peace, love, safety.

In peace, Roberta


Author: robertaindia

In the world with a peaceful heart

24 thoughts on “A highlight of Kabbalat Shabbat in Jerusalem”

  1. Hi Honey!
    I love you and love hearing from your heart …. I am tempted to jump on a plane and join you for the next Nava Tehilah Shabbat …It is soooo cold here. Suresh is having a big drum circle to benefit Haiti today. Gotta go help!
    Loving you,
    PS-Say Hi to Ruth, Yoel, Daphne and Ilan for me….


  2. Hi Roberta,
    Just opened this on way to emergency room at Saratoga Hospital with Al. His right hand is all puffy and painful. Will read it when I have time but wanted to leave message so that I continue to get your postings.
    Much love,


  3. Roberta, How beautiful it is there. But extremely sad that the Muslims from the West Bank are not allowed in to Jerusalem to pray at the Dome of the Rock. Jane


  4. gotta love those Nava Tehila minstrels! Thanks for sharing this with us! And, may we travel to Israel together next year.
    loving blessings


  5. beautiful, finding some meaning in this apparent separetedness, some day may there will be joint prayers from different backgrounds in those same grounds, thank you for your sharing!


  6. Hi Roberta,

    You are indeed my spiritual sister. Thank you for sharing your keen observations and for sharing your spiritual and enriching insights of your experience in this journey to Israel.


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