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A comment on the JTA article: "$5 million budget hole is latest woe for Conservative synagogue group"

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This isn't about any one person, nor a group of people. It is, I believe, about institutional resonance. Conservative Judaism is compelling, those who teach it's holy Torah are amazing, and Jews (and others) are thirsty for its approach to Torah and the World and meaning. The need for any one epoch's FORM, the temporal institutionalizing of an idea, is the question I continue to ask. We measure how important an institution is when those outside its structures support it through their actions. The answer to my question has, I believe, been clear for at least 30 years.

(For a related thought, I've written about this on the congregational level in this month's Sh'ma - http://www.shma.com/2013/01/wandering-toward-a-promised-land/)

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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.

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