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Judaism's "Version" of Utopia

Judaism's "Version" of Utopia
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Dara Horn's reframing of Olam haBa as "the world to come will come" (ie, we build the world that will come), means Jews don't worry about Utopia. We believe in human responsibility for this world. (As Reb Huey lewis taught in a berraita: "there ain't no perfect world anyway.")

Though the rabbis call Shabbat a "taste of the world to come," the permeating language of God's Creative Power throughout the "day of rest" awakens the power (and need) within every Image of God to create once the havdalah wicks are ignited.

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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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