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Benjamin Sommer
article - October 9, 2020
"The canonical form of the Book of Psalms, then, presents a debate about its own identity, and about the hierarchy of religious experiences. Is the worthiest way to the deity found in hasidic song or in misnagdic study?..."
Jeffrey Summit & Abayudaya Jewish Community of Uganda
video - October 8, 2020
Rabbi Jeffrey Summit reflects on Psalm 150 as he introduces music by the Abayudaya Jewish Community of Uganda.
Debbi Perlman
article - October 7, 2020
Read the poem from the late Debbi Perlman on Psalm 150 from her book "Flames to Heaven."
Delvyn Case & Elizabeth Ostling
video - October 7, 2020
"In keeping with the universal directive of the psalm (or is it simply an observation?), this work is written for both the flute and the flutist. It explores the sonic and ritualistic dimensions of our breath,In keeping with the universal..."
The Yuval Ron Ensemble
video - October 6, 2020
The Yuval Ron Ensemble performs a medley based on Psalm 150.
Wendell Kimbrough
article - October 6, 2020
Wendell Kimbrough shares an upbeat rendition of Psalm 150 that emphasizes YHWH as the Lord of the universe.
Rodger Kamenetz
article - October 6, 2020
"...Happy is the old man with the daily news murmuring quietly to himself day and night. The headlines jump up and down their fonts, but his voice is steady as he shakes his head. Happy is the old woman quietly studying the crosswords..."
Norman Fischer
article - October 5, 2020
"Happy is the one who walks otherwise Who stands otherwise Than in the way of the twisted Who does not sit in the seat of the scornful"
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - October 5, 2020
Today’s selections invite us to reflect on the beginning (Psalm 1) and the end (Psalm 150) of the Psalter.  It is well-known that the Psalter is not so much a book as an anthology containing mini-collections of Psalms, such as the Songs of Ascent...
Rev. Dr. Shively T.J. Smith
video - October 1, 2020
"Now, I find myself rereading Psalm 91 from a new angle—specifically from the words of Howard Thurman. Rather than the imagery of finding refuge in God as a means to hide ourselves away from the world or a form of escape..."
Shmuly Yanklowitz
article - October 1, 2020
"Though on the surface this psalm is about our emotions of hope and fear, it seems to do more than comfort us on a physical level. Indeed, the power of Psalm 91 in its totality is that it transcends the limiting psychological realm..."
Debra Band
article - October 1, 2020
"Psalm 91 took on deep meaning for me during my late first husband, David’s, long battle with a unique spinal cord cancer that ended nearly twelve years ago. In its three-way conversation between Psalmist, reader, and—remarkably—the Divine..."
Gaya Aranoff Bernstein
article - September 29, 2020
Dr. Gaya Aranoff Bernstein offers a moving poetic interpretation of Psalm 91.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - September 29, 2020
Psalm 91 is distinctive for its didactic style. It is not a lament in which the speaker expresses anguish and petitions God for assistance. Most of the psalm is an instruction, spoken from one person to another, teaching the listener what to expect..
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
article - September 25, 2020
"We will not lose, because we are not alone. Psalm 22 remind us, over and over, of our intimacy with God, even while calling us to intimacy with one another. We hear our neighbor’s voice in all who cry out with us, with whom we are called to join..."
Miho Sato
video - September 23, 2020
"As we move into the fall, the Jewish High Holy Days, and a new school year, there are many people feeling lonely and isolated from family, friends, and community. We hope this stirring rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” serves as a source..."
Aviva Zornberg
article - September 23, 2020
"In Psalm 22, that darkness is already there from the beginning: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” Before the particulars, the metaphors, the words, there is the cry, the taste of abandonment. Then, the accusing voices..."
Alyse Radenovic
article - September 22, 2020
" This is a painting of the complete text of Psalms 22 in Hebrew. Most of the text is not legible. This invites the viewer to move “in and out” of the text, and to meditate on alternate ways to “see..."
Wendell Kimbrough
article - September 22, 2020
"Oh my God, why have you left me? Why are you so far away? How could you not hear my groaning, through the night and through the day?"
Jon M. Sweeney
article - September 21, 2020
"Blaming God has as rich a history as does praising God. But “blaming” is the wrong gerund, since it connotes fault on the part of the speaker, as in, I did not intend to blame you… Better verbs with an object for explaining what we think..."
The Psalm Project
video - September 21, 2020
The international group "The Psalms Project" perform a piece based on the tune for Psalm 22 in the Genevan Psalter.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - September 21, 2020
"First, although Psalm 22 begins with a bleak statement of divine abandonment, which sets the tone for the first two-thirds of the psalm (verses 1-23), the last third (verses 24-32) praises God’s deliverance and sovereignty. Thus, although we most...
David Maayan
article - September 17, 2020
"The first half of the psalm thus finds David in a desperate state, overwhelmed by his awareness of the moral evil of his actions. He pleads for God’s mercy and forgiveness, using a range of terms to frankly describe his deeds..."
Dan Nichols
article - September 16, 2020
Dan Nichols performs a moving a original piece.
Tom Reid
article - September 16, 2020
"It is, in fact, a text of deep anguish, of brutal honesty about one’s shortcomings, and a recognition of our utter dependence on God. As an aspiring pastor who is, God willing, nearing the end of my journey toward ordination in the Presbyterian..."
Jen Norton
article - September 15, 2020
"Jen creates artwork that celebrates the joy of her Catholic faith. The process of painting helps her connect more deeply with her prayer life. Her current work is focused on representing ancient faith traditions in a colorful, folk-style way..."
Raphael Ellenson
article - September 15, 2020
"It was during these years of intense depression that I learned a song that brought me to Psalm 51. I was especially intrigued by the second verse, which attempts to situate King David’s cry for healing within the narrative arc of his life..."
John Bergmeier
article - September 14, 2020
"Inspired by the words of the psalmist, with an air of musical melody… I sought to combine personal imagery—reflecting on my own sinfulness but also asking to be able to hear joy and gladness once again (forgiveness of my sins)..."
Yoni Battat and Leah Carnow
video - September 14, 2020
Yoni and Leah perform an original piece based on the words of Psalm 51.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - September 14, 2020
"Learning about the growth of biblical texts has had the opposite effect (of diminishing the inspired quality of the Bible) because they show us that these texts were part of a living tradition."
Dianne Halley
article - September 10, 2020
This painting was done in the 1980’s. I hoped to show the plight of orphans, and also, the affection and care that children give each other as they await help from caring people.
Rev. Dr. Katherine Henderson
article - September 10, 2020
"Psalm 82 speaks pointedly about the right exercise of power. Less poetic and more prophetic, the psalmist draws us into a courtroom scene where God acts as the Defender of Justice."
Batya Levine
video - September 9, 2020
"This song came through the day after the 2016 election in a moment of deep fear and despair in the face of such great unknown. I reached inward for a prayer, for a shred of hope, and what I found was the vision of holy resistance..."
Enzi Tanner
video - September 9, 2020
"Adonai, You are my shepherd./ You lead me back to community/ where we can comfort each other/ and challenge each other to build a more equitable future/ Monuments/ that were erected during the height of the Klan/ are starting to come down/ NASCAR"
Mark Oppenheimer
article - September 9, 2020
"So God is not just CEO, but the CEO of a family business; He is asking His children to help, and they are screwing things up, “showing favor to the wicked.” They are behaving like trust-fund babies..."
Marty Lamar
video - September 8, 2020
Marty Lamar performs "Like Rain."
Gaya Aranoff Bernstein
article - September 8, 2020
"In God we trust to stand for justice in the courts of man and God but here on earth the weak are sentenced those with power get off "
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - September 8, 2020
"This psalm also highlights an important difference between ancient and modern views of God.  Nowadays we tend to think of God in terms of being, but people in antiquity thought of gods in terms of doing. That other deities existed was not..."
Avi Rose, PhD
article - September 3, 2020
As a non-theist I find the Book of Psalms, like much of the TaNaKh (Hebrew Bible), challenging. Powerful as some of these ancient poems are, much as they have grown in the Jewish collective imagination over centuries, they are trellised around...
C. Malcolm Powers
article - September 3, 2020
Malcolm Powers offer 4 images of original sculptures that "show the distortions and ironies this estrangement creates."
Dr. Brielle Page Rassler
article - September 3, 2020
"My bones are shaking in fear My soul is so scared So very scared I know You are still G-d But still, G-d How much longer must I endure?"
Dwight Wilson
article - September 2, 2020
"As Covid-19 plagues the post-modern world,  I ask for You to help me assist  those who are Your most vulnerable children." 
Dr. Jerome Groopman
article - September 2, 2020
For more than four decades, I have cared for very ill people with cancer, blood diseases, and AIDS...The words of Psalm 6 speak deeply to the psychological core of patients’ fears, and to how prayer can surmount fears and provide focus and direction
Poor Bishop Hooper
article - September 1, 2020
Jesse and Leah Roberts of Poor Bishop Hooper offer a beautiful musical rendition of Psalm 6.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - September 1, 2020
Andrew Davis dissects Psalm 6 as "a carefully constructed poem."
Rabbi Adina Allen
article - August 27, 2020
The memories of what has been open into grief at what you are leaving behind, which is never separate from the glimmer of anticipation for what the future holds. But for now, you sit in the discomfort of being in between. Everything turned from the..
Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
article - August 26, 2020
“Hallelujah,” written by Montréal’s iconic poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, has become for many a post-modern psalm. Why? What is it about this contemporary classic that gives it the power of a canonical prayer? Or is it heresy...
Bishop Gene Robinson
video - August 25, 2020
Rev. Gene Robinson reflects on Psalm 27.
Leslie F. Brandt
article - August 25, 2020
It possible to know and experience Gods love in this uncertain, tumultuous existence. Take courage, step out in faith, scorn the consequences, and let God have His way with you.
Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel
article - August 24, 2020
Psalm 27 is recited throughout the High Holy Day period, from the beginning of the New Moon of Elul/Virgo until the end of Sukkot/the Harvest Festival. The last verse of the psalm is a statement of faith and action.
Rabbi Ed Feld
article - August 24, 2020
There are times when we are sure of ourselves, and then questions arise, our sense of confidence deserts us. The questions which we never truly faced before overwhelm us and after, we are left to try to pick up the pieces.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - August 24, 2020
Professor Andrew Davis introduces Psalm 27 as a "unique combination of trust and lament."
Multiple Contributors
article - August 19, 2020
On Monday, August 10, 2020, PsalmSeason hosted this online interactive exploration with a group of esteemed community leaders and ritual-makers on the role of sacred practices in this time of upheaval.
Ruth Feldman
article - August 19, 2020
After letting the meanings of the psalms resonate within me, I add the colors—as another pathway leading them beyond. 
Lauren Henderson
video - August 18, 2020
After reading Psalm 126, we were struck with feelings of hope and optimism.  As the world navigates inequality, injustice, global health, and economic crises, Psalm 126 provides us with a glimpse into the celebratory moments...
Matthew Skinner, PhD
article - August 18, 2020
Those experiences are signs of vitality. They paint scenes of a renewed, flourishing society that made an improbable recovery after a traumatic exile. The scenes and the feelings they generate connect also to modern experiences. They remind us...
Nancy F. Kreimer & Celene Ibrahim
article - August 17, 2020
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and Dr. Celene Ibrahim reflect on Psalm 126 and its meaning during our current cultural and national context.
Joey Weisenberg
video - August 17, 2020
The texts and singing on my seventh album, Nigunim, Vol. VII: Songs of Ascent, named after Psalm 126, explore the full emotional range of human experience as we attempt to climb from the pits of despair and tears to ascend the dream musical ladder...
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - August 17, 2020
Professor Andrew Davis introduces Psalm 126.
Rim Meirowitz & Edwin Vaeni
article - August 12, 2020
We live in Brooksby Village, 1350 independent living units, 2,000 people, all eating from the same dining halls—food delivered to our door during our 4 months (going on forever) Covid-19 lockdown. The youngest of us is 62, the oldest perhaps 102.
Carol Rose & Audrey Marcus Berkman
article - August 12, 2020
Carol Rose and Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman offers two moving poems on Psalm 90.
Usman Hameedi
video - August 11, 2020
Praise the Mountains Carved and sculpted rock. Nothing escapes their ancient and all-knowing eyes. I’ve grown up seeing steel stretch into the sky, mesmerized by the human imagination.
Hanna Tiferet Siegel & Chris Brunelle
video - August 11, 2020
Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel and Chris Brunelle share two musical interpretations of Psalm 90.
Leah Carnow
article - August 10, 2020
I yearn for meaning. I yearn to make the most of my time. I yearn to use my hands, my voice, and my heart. I want to make worlds out of words. I want to dance wherever I am, to pray again, to sing again. I want to feel alive while I am yet alive.
Dwight Wilson
article - August 10, 2020
Deep within this nightmare people count days  beyond the pandemic as though they’re promised.  All we ask is that we do not despise the new  because we are longing for yesterday’s joys 
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - August 10, 2020
Andrew Davis introduces Psalm 90.
Multiple Poets
video - August 6, 2020
On July 14, 2020, the PsalmSeason project, with co-sponsors the Jewish Women's Archive and Lilith Magazine, presented the online event  "Poetry in Times of Peril: Four Women's Voices." 
Nava Tehilah
video - August 5, 2020
Nava Tehila, a Jerusalem based Jewish renewal spiritual community, perform Ps. 92 & 93.
Samir Selmanovic
article - August 5, 2020
"During this time of pandemic and social upheaval, I feel as if the Sabbath psalms are coming full circle in my life."
Marty Austin Lamar
video - August 5, 2020
"I have been singing this hymn all of my life. I grew up worshipping with three generations of my family and this hymn is a constant reminder of the strength, courage, and faith of my ancestors."
Judith Rosenbaum
article - August 3, 2020
"The world is shaken, and with it, the grounding rhythms of Shabbat. In this chaos, I’ve reembraced an old ritual: baking challah each week as I did years ago when my children were sticky-fingered preschoolers who poked and patted dough with glee."
Debra Band
article - August 3, 2020
Hebrew manuscript artist, Debra Band, presents beautiful Hebrew and English illuminations of Ps. 92 and 93.
Andrew R. Davis
article - August 3, 2020
Introduction to Psalm 92-93, Hebrew and English Texts, and Questions for Reflection.
Norman Fischer
article - July 29, 2020
Buddhist teacher and poet Norman Fischer reflects on Psalm 137 and his journey to writing Opening to You.
Jeremy Benstein
article - July 29, 2020
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, and there we wept…” are not originally a reggae song. They weren’t written by the Melodians’ Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton. They are right there in Psalm 137!
Yochai Greenfeld
video - July 27, 2020
A movement piece honoring the remembrance of Jerusalem and its importance to the Jewish experience. We hear Jerusalem when we hear the waters.
Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan
article - July 27, 2020
The complex emotions of exilic texts mirror my own complicated relationship with the United States—the way that I am aware on a cellular level that this place is simultaneously both home and not home.
BETTY
video - July 27, 2020
The popular band BETTY performs "Waters of Babylon," a musical piece inspired by Psalm 137.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - July 27, 2020
Introduction to Psalm 137, Hebrew and English Texts, and Questions for Reflection.
Irvin Scott
article - July 24, 2020
Using a metaphor of a spirited deer looking to quench its thirst, Psalms 42 opens with a deep sense of anticipation and hopefulness. It is not an ordinary thirst, but one that can only be satisfied by a supernatural river of water that never runs dry
Gaya Aranoff Bernstein
article - July 24, 2020
"like a parched doe near a cool stream I thirst for the essence of You Your water O my living God I yearn to know You"
Rabbi Shai Held
article - July 21, 2020
"Instead, the psalm evokes the reality that the conversation between hope and despair is never fully and finally resolved. If you’ve ever had the experience of bucking yourself up, lifting your sagging spirit one moment, and then sinking back into.."
Simon Peter Davis
article - July 21, 2020
Both paintings are part of a larger collection entitled “Psalms of The Sea – Waterfalls,” which are contemporary fine art/abstract paintings seeking to capture the raw power and surging energy of the sea.
Francis X. Clooney, SJ
article - July 20, 2020
This lovely Psalm is a favorite for many of us, I suspect, because it is a simple, heartfelt, and plaintive cry in a time of trouble while also providing consolation. It has always been a particular favorite of mine, with its yearning mingled with...
Rabbi Shefa Gold
article - July 20, 2020
In the light of day and all that we do, God’s love is called forth through us and through all of Creation. Then at night, the Divine song reverberates in the stillness, surrounding us and holding us in a tender embrace. This is a chant of remembrance
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - July 20, 2020
"The most astounding aspect of the psalms’ refrain is not its structuring effect, however. Rather, it is the unique anthropology it expresses. The Hebrew word nepeš, which I left untranslated above, is best rendered “life.”
Carol Rose
article - July 16, 2020
During this time of pandemic, misinformation, and social upheaval, I find myself reading, interpreting, and applying the words of the Psalms (or their sentiments) in familiar and new ways. Some of these words serve as clear reminders of the timeless"
Alicia Ostriker
article - July 16, 2020
Before responding to the questions posed to me, I need to be clear about my equivocal relationship to the psalms as a woman for whom “God” is a metaphor, but a metaphor I recognize as having immense power over...
Yoni Avi Battat
video - July 15, 2020
Yoni Avi Battat performs a powerful and entertaining piece based on Psalm 114.
Ruth Messinger with Or Rose
article - July 15, 2020
Ruth Messinger and Or Rose expound on Psalm 114 by putting it in conversation with the story of Exodus... "One of the key messages of this brief text is that the natural world was intimately involved in this epic tale of liberation..."
Rev. Dr. Shively T.J. Smith
article - July 13, 2020
When Reverend Doctor Shively T. J. Smith reads the opening stanza of Ps. 114 she hears, sees, and feels many things. Explore the Psalm with her.
Micah Shapiro & Aaren Alpert
video - July 13, 2020
Rabbi Micah Shapiro performs '​He-harim (The Mountains)' with words from Psalm 114:3-4.
Andrew R. Davis
article - July 13, 2020
"Some of my favorite poetry in the Hebrew Bible are verses that feature the personification of the natural world". In Ps. 114 "the speaker addresses the sea, mountain, hills, and earth as interlocutors."
Maya Bernstein
article - July 10, 2020
"These verses echoed through my head as I navigated the experience of chemotherapy. I wanted to explore the hope of faith, the hope for salvation, even in the face of feelings of hopelessness."
Richard Chess
video - July 10, 2020
"Psalm 121 is a song of ascents. I started to sense a direction. I could hear, faintly, a voice. I listened; I received; I wrote."
Neshama Carlebach & SHEVA
video - July 8, 2020
Neshama Carlebach, one of today’s best-selling Jewish artists in the world, collaborates with Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir to perform Heaven and Earth. SHEVA, interfaith world music ensemble, perform Ps. 121.
Doug Pagitt
video - July 8, 2020
Rev. Doug Pagitt, pastor from Minneapolis, brings us a powerful video reflection on Ps. 121 from the street where George Floyd was murdered, and what it teaches us about our obligation to "act in ways that are holy".
Jackie Olenick
article - July 6, 2020
Artist, Jackie Olenick, offers a beautiful visual art reflection of Psalm 121.
Abrigal Forrester
article - July 6, 2020
"There are so many images in our sacred texts of great souls taking refuge in mountain clefts, caves, or other quiet places for meditation and reflection. Prophetic figures like Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) all did this in the mids
Andrew R. Davis
article - July 6, 2020
In my study of biblical Hebrew, one of my assignments was to memorize and recite Psalm 121. I can’t remember what grade I received, but I do remember the consolation that came with internalizing Psalm 121’s assurance of God’s help and protection.
Rabbi Minna Bromberg
video - July 2, 2020
Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD, performs an original piece about Psalm 139 that is inspired by a true story of a young Jewish woman trying to find her place and purpose in the world.
Alicia Jo Rabins
article - July 2, 2020
What is it to be known? Known, all of me: the one hundred- Thousand-mile map of my veins, Prayers I will whisper in a hospital Room in twenty years, distant strip-mall  Corners where my teenaged past-self hid...
Deborah Feinstein
article - July 1, 2020
In my pastel drawing, you see two trees as a metaphor of the intimate relationship between G-d and Man. Relating to Psalm 139, G-d’s overwhelming presence is everywhere. This large tree is connected to the earth, the air, and the sky.
Howard Thurman & Or Rose
article - July 1, 2020
Rabbi Or Rose introduces an audio recording of Rev. Howard Thurman, the renowned theologian, educator, and preacher, reciting and speaking about his love for Psalm 139.
Roly Matalon & Ismail Lumanovski
video - June 30, 2020
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon performs a traditional Iraqi melody "Ana Elech," based on Piyut (devotional poem) by 16th century poet Israel Najara, with accompaniment by Ismail Lumanovski.
Reverend James Martin
article - June 29, 2020
Rev. James Martin shares his professional and spiritual experience with Psalm 139.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - June 29, 2020
"Overall, the psalm recognizes God’s omnipotence and omniscience, but does the psalmist have mixed feelings about this divine power and presence? The first half of Psalm 139 seems to depict this power as intimidating and even overbearing..."
Ted Ewing
article - June 25, 2020
The poet’s proclamation of the majesty of God ensures that humanity possesses both an insignificant appearance and a magnificent appointment. That is the message of Psalm 8.
Norman Fischer
article - June 25, 2020
"Your Unsayable Name: it covers all the earth And your presence extends ever outward From the furthest conceivable point"
Lauren Stevens
article - June 24, 2020
A sketch and copper etching by artist Lauren Stevens.
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
article - June 24, 2020
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld moves through Psalm 8, offering deep and poetic meditations, reflecting on the relationship between God, humanity, and all of creation.
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
article - June 22, 2020
"But as we witness the tearing down of these modern idols, we also need to ask what comes next. Can we imagine a new national landscape that is more just, more compassionate, and more sustainable?"
Multiple Artists
video - June 22, 2020
Three performances by Poor Bishop Hooper, Elvis Presley, and Carrie Underwood.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - June 22, 2020
Andrew Davis offers an illuminating introduction of Psalm 8.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
video - June 18, 2020
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield offers a powerful teaching on Psalm 133.
Alondra Bobadilla
video - June 18, 2020
Alondra Bobadilla, Boston Youth Poet Laureate, performs a moving original piece on the theme of Psalm 133 "loving-kindness."
Simran Jeet Singh
article - June 17, 2020
I read this psalm for the first time while marchers walked by my apartment building, shouting the same words that have been echoing throughout my city: “No Justice. No Peace.”
Michael Knopf & Corey D.B. Walker
article - June 16, 2020
The signs are ubiquitous. Liberty trail. Slave trail. Museum of the Confederacy. Virginia Holocaust Museum. Gilpin Court. Ginter Park. The contradictions of community are the substance of everyday life in our city.
Multiple Artists
video - June 16, 2020
Three performances by Harry Belafonte, Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda, and Chœur de Radio France.
Sharon Saltzberg
article - June 15, 2020
Many of us think of loving kindness as a kind of weakness: sentimental, conflict avoidant, sort of meek. But actually, it is a tremendous strength.
Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace
article - June 15, 2020
The psalmist’s vision of unity, in which people dwell together as siblings, safe and secure, is not easy to hold even in the best of times. During a global pandemic and in the midst of an uprising, it seems almost naive.
Andrew R. Davis, PhD
article - June 15, 2020
While much of this psalm’s excellence lies in its aesthetic beauty, we should not overlook the ethical thrust that frames it. The first line emphasizes the importance of solidarity among brothers and sisters,even (or especially) in times of division.
Danny Maseng
video - June 9, 2020
Chazzan & spiritual leader, Danny Maseng performs Adonai Roi ("God is my Shepherd").
Lauren Stevens
article - June 9, 2020
Lauren Stevens has produced a copper plate etching reflecting "the relationship between the Shepherd and the sheep in the psalm."
Bobby McFerrin
video - June 9, 2020
Bobby McFerrin sings his beautiful '23rd Psalm' - he explains "I wrote it because I'd been reading the Bible one morning, and I was thinking about God's unconditional love, about how we crave it but have so much trouble believing we can trust it, and
Marilyn Nelson
article - June 8, 2020
Award winning poet, Marilyn Nelson, offers a poetic meditation on Psalm 23 - "The trust it expresses seems especially encouraging just now, as we pray our way through this pandemic and the centuries-old plague of racism and brutality in this country.
Debra Band
article - June 8, 2020
Debra Band shares beautiful illuminations of Psalm 23, studying "twin themes in this most beloved of psalms: “The valley of the shadow of death” and the omnipotent, divine Lover laying out a feast for the trusting seeker."
Gaya Aranoff Bernstein
article - June 8, 2020
"I wrote Psalmsongs during a time in my life when the Book of Psalms (Sefer Tehillim) was all I could read. I sat in waiting rooms while procedures and imaging and surgeries were taking place, and I read psalms."
Katherine Gergen Barnett
article - June 8, 2020
"No valley of darkness prepared me (or any of us) for the deep darkness of Covid-19.....we still feel the long shadow of death breathing down our necks, we no longer turn away in fear, but rather toward it as an invitation to wake up."
Rev. Brian McLaren
article - June 8, 2020
An interview with Rev. Brian McLaren about Psalm 23 and the role it has played in his spiritual journey.
Andrew Davis
article - June 8, 2020
Psalm 23 functions on several levels – as a reminder of Israel’s national story of liberation, as a soundtrack for ancient pilgrims to the Temple, and as an assurance of God’s pastoral care for those who pray with the psalm today.
Drew Drake
video - June 8, 2020
Actor, Drew Drake, performs his poem "Searching My Rage".
Marty Lamar
video - June 5, 2020
Marty Austin Lamar performs "Like Rain" - a lament in response to the unfolding global pandemic and upheaval over racial injustice.
Ruth Feldman
article - June 5, 2020
Dr. Ruth Pinkenson Feldman introduces us to her 'visual translation of the psalmist's cry' and says 'I pray that all those who are hurting in this difficult time are also heard.'
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
article - June 4, 2020
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum writes about the power of teaching and engaging the Psalms communally during several crises in her life and the world, including the HIV/AIDS crisis, personal health crisis, and the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Joel Lohr & Joel Kaminsky
article - June 4, 2020
"To add to this, in recent days our attention has been drawn to instances of racial injustice, leaving many of us calling out the Psalmist’s words: “How long, O Lord?” or “You have made us like sheep for slaughter” (Psalm 13)."
Paul Quenon
article - June 4, 2020
After many years, the psalms have become so familiar that I take them for granted and sometimes fail to hear them. But with persistent attention there comes a new opening where the heart and mind stand behind the words and become my own.
Ellen F. Davis
article - June 3, 2020
"Why the Psalms?" "Why Now?" Ellen Davis, Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University, answers why engaging the Psalms is apropos for the world's global crisis.
Or Rose & Paul Raushenbush
article - June 2, 2020
Rabbi Or Rose & Rev. Paul Raushenbush introduce PsalmSeason, a new interreligious initiative by a diverse group of religious leaders, cultural critics, musicians, poets, artists, and activists that explores the Psalms, bearing witness to its power.

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