This book is a collection of pieces that I have been working on over nearly seven years. They are, hopefully, both personal and universal in nature. While many specifically reflect my practice of earth-based Judaism or my experience in training as a Kohenet, others are more related to what it means to live in the modern world. Many of the pieces in the collection appeared in earlier formats on my blog, peelapom.com, but the versions here have most likely never appeared anywhere with exception of the Mourner's Kaddish, first published in the Ahava Rabba, OneShul Community Siddur.
I spent almost two years noodling with the layout and finding illustrations that I felt fit the themes of the pieces in this collection. I wanted to be sure that the way the pieces were displayed on the printed page helped to evoke and enhance the piece. The illustrations are not my own, but I found they were exactly the style I wanted to bring into the book.
The book is broken into three sections: LIFE, PSALMS, and MIDRASH.
The midrash included is really the only one I've ever written, Miriam the Prophetess. Midrash is a Jewish tradition of "filling in the gaps" left in the stories of the Torah. This midrash, which re-interprets Miriam the Prophetess, was written over the course of several years, and the ending was found as I told the story aloud during the first gathering of the Kohanot.
Carly Lesser, a.k.a. Ketzirah, is a Kohenet, Celebrant and artist. She works with individuals and groups to explore, discover, and create meaningful rituals and ritual artwork to mark moments in life– from personal moments and holiday celebrations to weddings, baby namings, and life transitions. Her passion is helping "G!d/dess Wrestlers" who are unaffiliated, earth-based or in interfaith / interdenominational relationships connect more deeply with their spiritual path and make it relevant in their every day lives. Learn more at http://www.peelapom.com