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After Birkat HaMazon Learning this Shabbat: "Martin Buber & the Place of the Past"

After Birkat HaMazon Learning this Shabbat: "Martin Buber & the Place of the Past"
with Rabbi Menachem, Creditor

Shabbat Emor, April 25, approx. 1:30
Congregation Netivot Shalom - netivotshalom.org

We close the Torah service with the Hebrew phrase "Chadeish Yameinu KeKedem / Return our days as of old." Which "days of old" do we mean? And do we really mean it? What role does the past play when Jews dream of the future? Come examine selections from the writings of Martin Buber and explore what he called "ever-recurring renunciation"!

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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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