I place Adonai before me, always
Inspiration by Paul Kurtin (JCo chair)
Adonai is only encountered in the present. In the Psalms, King David writes that living a life of distraction, habit and routine is like being dead. Only by being fully present, ever aware of the presence and manifestations of Adonai, did David feel fully alive.
Throughout the history of our people, great rabbis and everyday folks have placed Adonai before themselves by perceiving Her Presence in all they see. Including everyone they meet. They acknowledge and connect with the One in the many.
Rabbi Gabi rightly reminds us that gratitude is a potent antidote for these crazy times. By placing Adonai before us, opening ourselves to the wonder and beauty of the natural world, it is easy to feel grateful for all we have been given. And by placing Adonai before us, opening ourselves to the wonder and beauty of the people around us, it is easy to feel grateful for our shared love.
Shiviti-placing Adonai before us- is not a one-time act. It is moment by moment, always.