when i walked out into the winter white-rock of stark desert, the wind sang ancient. i bowed often, i dove into text, listening. wandering as they did – right around here – in cliffs towering above the salt sea. my ancestry hummed with me. this prayer, tone, is an eternity. we are only one note in the whole symphony. as such is omana’ya. she does her part, in whole artistry of Yah! amen.
Since living in africa when i was 23, i grew an interest to engage with Judaism more at it’s roots. much later, in 2005, i dove deeply, by god’s call, and was then ordained in his and in human hands, both.
it was 2005, i took myself by the hand to ancient hebrew desert cliffs and lived simply. i lived simply with the text. the text was my main companion, daily and nightly.
reading directly the Hebrew source texts, i saw obviously what i had known in my bones: the Jewish ancestors -hebrews- were tribal people, for a long while desert wanderers, and had a spirituality that was both immediate and embodied, with very little codified. their god called to them, in fact, at first without even “it’s” own name stated. the prophets were in direct contact with a god call and thus spoke. if anyone listened, they was their “stamp” of leadership – naturally. anarchically.
So much there resonates differently than what i had learned about judaism, contemporarily. i had learned a lot of judaica in my youth. now, with a firm grasp of the hebrew language, i could look at source texts not so much to further investigate what i had already been taught, but rather – for the things that i loved! in my direct experience there is a lot to love. a lot of love.
Hebrew tribal ways of understanding and relating to The Ineffable Divine, and to the other powers and beings in nature, were via embodied ritual, little or no speech, ripe with music, song, scent, and lots of spontaneity.
This is all vastly different than common Jewish practices today, even though the Hebrews are most obviously the biblical Jewish ancestors. They are as well ancestor to the 3 major world religions today.
I asked my rabbi mentors to guide me in my god-directed studies. they were at the ready, providing frames and additional facts to support what i was finding and feeling revealed in. i was thus ordained in a single rabbinic lineage (outside of an academy) as was in eras past. i chose to co-create a new title, and not adopt for myself the rabbinic label.
I am ordained as “omana’ya”, a hebrew ritual artist, to further the Native Hebrew Spirit path.