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Rabbis: Contribute a Reflection for the forthcoming new collection: "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence"

An Invitation to Rabbis: Contribute a Reflection for the forthcoming new collection: "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence"

The current American conversation about gun violence is overwhelming and we know something has to be done. Newtown might garner national attention, but in our cities, 33 Americans die as a result of Gun Violence EVERY DAY. Religious leaders in urban and suburban areas are connecting and supporting each other, helping and supporting our congregations, and are an important part of the fabric of our country.

A compilation entitled "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence", edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor, will be released in the coming weeks - it will be available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle e-book. All written contributions are donations, as the goal is to open people's hearts, not make money. "Prophets vs. Profits", perhaps.

Contributions (700-1000 words) in the form of Drashot, Essays, and personal Stories/Reflections should be sent to shalombecheilech@gmail.com by Feb 8th.

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holding your ground.

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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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