1. Reflective Priests
מִי-יַעֲלֶה בְהַר-יְהוָה; וּמִי-יָקוּם, בִּמְקוֹם קָדְשׁוֹ
Who shall ascend into the mountain of H’? and who shall stand in that holy place?
Only one who has clean hands, a pure heart, and has not taken the Name in vain.
Hands now soft and gentle, his kind fingers turn the pages of sacred texts. But the stains remain. May he ascend that Mountain?
Voice now crisp and clear, her mellow tongue chants endless solemn hymns. But the slurs persist. May she stand in that Place?
Deeds now generous and loyal, our good names are praised throughout the land. But old wounds fester. May we go up?
2. Impulsive Prophets
Go up to the high mountain; raise your voice, be not afraid; Proclaim:’Behold your God!’
(from: Isaiah 40)
Commanded by an inner voice, his untutored mind still struggles for words. His doubts are strong. He must ascend that Mountain!
Passionate messenger of truth, her pagan loves live on. Her motives are unclear. She must stand in that Place!
Passing through a hall of many idols, our hammer-hands are still unsure. Our zeal is great. We must go up!
@2012 Jonathan Omer-Man