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On the Nobility of Zionism

On the Nobility of Zionism
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

To begin, a comparison: The situation of mass incarceration in the US is a staggering reality, caught in myriad instances of legalized racism (for the clearest, and most horrifying analysis, read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow"). This does not erase the latent nobility of the US. It makes me yearn for its return, which demands an overturning of some clusters of injustice. The possibility of such, in alignment with the larger unfolding narrative of the American People, is instructive within the moral arc of Jewish/Israeli history. We have much healing to embody and enact, and that collective commitment is what makes Zionism - and so much more - noble.

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Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
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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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