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A Torah-True People

A Torah-True People
(C) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

What makes some stories so impactful is the sense that they matter. 

Characters who believe their actions will influence some sort of cosmic sequence reflect with intensity upon every choice.  We readers are privy to these internal realities/perceptions.  And, if it is a truly good story, we believe.

Torah is one such story, and the opportunity is before us to live lives worthy of its internal significance.  Every action before us carries destiny-influencing power. 

'Torah' means so much more than sacred text. 

When some refer to their lifestyles as 'Torah-true' they are demonstrating their internal sense of connectedness to history, power, and destiny.  The challenge before the Jewish People is whether the varying permutations of tradition (including even and especially the 'rebellious' strains) will sense and act in accord with their own significance to the cosmos.

This is an important story.  A well-told, urgent story of a People who are Torah, sometimes at its best and perpetually at its most fragile.

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Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
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no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

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