Shayndel Plotkin
Executive Director, Liumi, Inc.

The War Dance

Wiggle and sway and fall and rise and open your arms and close your eyes.

We dance wildly without limit, without hesitation and without reserve or apologetics.

Dance will come in waves and forms and movements as our body reels with the need to move and move forward and abandon thought and contemplation, abandon all reason and leave no ration and silence the words that mean nothing.

When our breath is choked and hindered and we must move our bodies in order to receive and we express our loud screams and frustrated words through this War Dance.

Jump and jump even higher now as you reach for something unreachable. Unattainable.

In the Heavens. Can you catch it, Can you glimpse it, Can you touch it for just a moment?

Shake and shake this way and that way, swinging in anger, fear, hostility, frustration, denial and finally exhaustion.

Wiggle and sway and fall and rise and open your arms and close your eyes.

Do not stop the War Dance. You are like a wild man at prayer in the mountains or like a woman birthing a new life into the world. Painful, scared, desirous and delirious.

Feet are pounding, arms are swinging, heart is racing, mind is quieting, eyes are tearing.

There are No words in a War Dance
There are No partners in War Dance
There are No pauses in a War Dance
There is No music in a War Dance

There is only Dance. In a War Dance.

Wiggle and sway and fall and rise and open your arms and close your eyes.

This is a War Dance.

About the Author
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Liumi West Retreat. As a teacher, writer, and facilitator of Jewish educational seminars and curriculum, Shayndel Plotkin is passionate about working with women, children, and families to help them grow and develop – spiritually and personally. Her background in the Jewish community, Jewish education, and Israel advocacy began in the South Florida community more than twenty years ago as a writer for the Jewish press, and then as the Israel Experience Director for the Commission for Jewish Education. She has recently been certified as a female farmer in the state of Florida. Shayndel is a writer of novels, children's stories, a professional memoirist, and writer for several international magazines. She holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Pardes Institute and Hebrew College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Florida State University. Shayndel is a graduate of Midreshet Rachel Seminary in Jerusalem, where she studied Jewish texts and philosophy for three years. Shayndel is married to Rabbi Baruch Plotkin and together they have seven children.