...except for me and my monkey! "Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see." -Rene Magritte

Thursday, July 03, 2008

I've got a beautiful feeling, everything's going my way

Every morning here at Ruach Ha'Aretz I've arisen early (6:20) to make it down to the conference center in time for morning davennen (prayer--"Daven" means "to pray" in Yiddish; davennen means prayer, and "davenning" is Americanized Yiddish), led each morning has been led by a different rabbi or rabbinical student. This morning davennen was led by a couple. The man began singing, "Mah tovu ohalecha..." It took me a moment to realize that he was singing it to the tune of "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma! The prayer Mah Tovu laudes the beauty and goodliness of Israel's tents and dwelling places. I couldn't think of a nicer way to start the morning.