Hakhel- Alone Should Be A Stone And Even A Stone Should Not Be Alone
Hakhel, alone should be a stone; and
Even a stone should not be alone.
Each one needs someone.
Hakhel represents a coming together.
A community, that prays as one,
Has a minyan of ten for a quorum.
In a Shmita Year, after six years
Of harvests, the land is given a rest.
The land recuperates its energy
And we recognize G-d-given synergy,
When we, in community, thus praise G-d
By gathering to honor each other.
We then laud G-d, in everyone of us
Each with different gifts, within for all.
The Temple Mount gathers the assembly
That convenes to hear the king read the Torah.
Hakhel brings together the young, the old,
Men, women, scholars, priests, lay people, all.
After six years, the time has come
During Sukkot, to reflect, to stop, take stock
With thanks for the six years of harvests,
The spirit is fed with study, prayer
And celebration; as on the eighth year,
The work begins with its new cycle,
Inspired by words of Torah by which to guide
A nation to work in unity, as one.
Alone should be a stone; and even a stone
Should not be alone. Each one needs someone.