Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, melech ha-olam
Shehecheyanu, vikiy’manu, v’higiyanu, laz’man hazeh.
I am a Jew. This morning, I officially joined the Jewish people.
Nine months ago on YouTube, I found a beautiful interpretation of Judaism’s Shehecheyanu blessing for auspicious occasions sung by cantorial troubadour Caron Dale (actually, a cover of Debbie Friedman‘s Tzvika Pik‘s version of the musical blessing.) It was the last blessing I said this morning in the mikveh waters–the very ones pictured above–the moment that I officially became a Jew.
I’ll blog about the actual experience later, when I’m able to come back down to earth. But for right now, Caron’s recording fits. It fits very well, indeed…