I try to stand in prayer
heart with You
visions of forbidden flick on and off
like Gentile holiday lights on
Scenes from movies, more vivid,
staticate – interfere – fuzz
How can I expect to touch
with lowly polluted mind?
As men put on their Tallis in the morning, they recite a beautiful prayer (one of the few songs I know how to play on keyboard). The words are: “Teenatzel Nafshee V’roochee V’nishmasee Oo’Tefeelasee Min HaCheetzonim” which translates into that we hope the wrapping of us in the Tallis will “save my life, my spirit, my soul and my prayer from the outside forces.” We women might not have that all-encompassing Tallis to pull tight around us, enveloping us in its warm cocoon. Yet, we are the ones who are set with the task of setting our homes as one big Tallis, homes where everyone is wrapped up in spirituality, where there is no entry point for external, negative experiences (which is why the woman gives the guy the gift of the Tallis during her engagement). So go ahead, wrap yourself into a Tallis-like life, warm and sheltered, able to pray.
and here is the musical link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux1_SXO05tw