Toke for Tolerance is an interfaith festival which brings together participants of different faiths using cannabis to build a space of radical honesty. As part of that we will read and discuss selected sacred and secular texts. The goal is twofold. First to build an understanding of the way other communities see political issues and the world at large. Secondly it’s to engage with the message of the texts themselves, and bring their wisdom with us into the 21st century.
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As we build up towards the festival, Lunacy Now is sharing these texts on our website. We aim to get the ball rolling on what Toke for Tolerance is all about.
Psalm 126 is recited by Orthodox Jews before saying grace after meals on Shabbat and feast days. It is typically sung to one of a wide variety of tunes varying according to the geographic, ethnic and linguistic heritage of the Jewish community in question. The psalm refers to the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. It originally referred to the end of the first exile, but following the destruction of the Second Temple, was seen as alluding to the eventual return to the land and construction of the Third Temple.
It is highly regarded by religious Zionists. The centrality of the psalm in Jewish communal feasting shows the importance of the return to Israel in traditional Judaism.
Translation by Sefaria.
A song of ascents. When the LORD restores the fortunes of Zion —we see it as in a dream
Our mouths shall be filled with laughter, our tongues, with songs of joy.
Then shall they say among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them!’
The LORD will do great things for us and we shall rejoice.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like watercourses in the Negev.
They who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy.
Though he goes along weeping, carrying the seed-bag, he shall come back with songs of joy, carrying his sheaves.