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Rimonin is a collectively sponsored poet-in-residence project for Puerto Rican Jewish poet Aurora Levins Morales to create new liturgy that is fully inclusive of Indigenous Jews and Jews of Color, rooted in global, diasporic Jewish cultures, is in accountable relationship with local indigenous people wherever we're located, and recognizes and responds to the danger and opportunity of our ecological crisis.
Rimonim is fully collaborative. Our partners contribute financially, through support labor, and by engaging in deep conversations about crafting prayers and rituals that meet the political and spiritual needs of Jewish people and our friends who share a passion or justice.
joyous and radical and richly blends the depth of meaning we find in words repeated for thousands of years with the spiritual, moral and political needs of this moment, in which we either dismantle the systemic injustices that drive the destruction of our ecosystem or we watch our world crumble away.
Although together we’ll be creating abundant resources for Jewish holidays, at the heart of the project are Shabbat and other home practices and daily rituals we can take with us wherever we go, tools to anchor us into our most deeply held values and connections as we work to build the just world we dream of, making a web of new relationships and a book of shared liturgy we can carry in our hearts and in our pockets.
Rehearsing for Sukkot at First Nations Garden in Chicago.
Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Ashkenazi poet, essayist, historian and activist.
Calling BIJOCSM Artists!
I'm looking for artists to illustrate the published collection of Rimonim poetry. Check out the Artists' Call.
Blessed is the evolutionary dance of life, which formed the human body in perfect wisdom, made cerebellum and cortex, made the many branching nerves, the bones and their marrows, the muscles and ligaments, the red cells and the white, the myriad hormones singing their biochemical song of praise, made eyes and ears, capillaries and fingernails, the magnificent heart with its chambers, all the organs and passages, cavities and openings. Blessed is natural selection and the infinite diversity of our shapes and colors, our forms and functions, and blessed is the ability to adapt, for it is well known and obvious that each one of us is made as we should be, that even though openings close, and closures open, even though limbs grow wildly and genes mutate, even though hearts dance to different drummers, lungs labor, bones bend and break, and biochemical signals go awry, even though we age and will someday die, we are infinitely splendid as we are. Blessed are you, life force of the universe, that has made us so varied and resilient.