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A Moment of Radical Normalcy

A Moment of Radical Normalcy
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I stood on my porch,
set to embark on
pilgrimage to Israel,
when a family
from my neighborhood walked by.

Their hijabs made me pause.

What if they and I
could be loving neighbors
not only here, 
but in our lands of promise?

As I wondered, 
one of them called out,
"Shalom, "
to which I replied:
"a salaam aleikum."

The children
who are my neighbors
peeked over my fence, 
asking their mothers,
"who wished us peace?"

My heart broke with
one simple truth:
I do.

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