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We are Rishon Letziyon. A rocket just landed on all our homes. #prayingforpeace #iloveisrael

Between posts from friends like Rabbi Mauricio Balter and Andy and Emily Shapiro Katz in Be'er Sheva whose children and families are spending every other minute in bomb shelters, as sirens are warning of incoming missiles. Between posts of the arrests of members of Women of the Wall Nashot HaKotel for praying aloud for safety for Israel's south. Between hearing from my sister in Tel Aviv that her coworkers are being called up for Milu'im (reserves). Today is a day of prayers for peace and Jewish unity.

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To Kneel 

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Sometimes, it isn't about nuance.
Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
standing at the center of a whirlwind
holding your ground.

No cathedral is immune to agony,
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.

Then There Will Be Enough" - A reflection on this week's #Torah Portion. #toldot #life #wisdom