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These Hallowed Fields: An Intention for Camp Ramah
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Many generations of souls have played here, learned here, grown here. Some never leave. Friends, mentors, loves - this holy place has been home for thousands and thousands.
For me, it's been a Berkshires, Nyack, Ojai, Palmer, Monterey journey. My grandmother, parents, sisters, and children have known this summer air, sing these holy songs, feel this Jewish pride. It is real and it is magic.
May the power of Ramah continue spreading throughout the world, one whole person at a time.
May these shining, happy young faces know that their hearts are connected to a tradition born of educator-dreamers, made real by thousands of grateful others.
May the joy and love of Ramah, carried by these lucky children and adults, influence their communities, and through those blessed communities, the world.
Thank You, Holy One, for the gift of this holy place.
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Aug 14, 2017
The Day After Charlottesville
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
In the aftermath of a horrific day in Charlottesville, there is an image I ask us to hold onto.
It is not the KKK in their hateful robes, not the tweets of a President who demonstrates more outrage when his daughter’s handbags are no longer carried by Nordstroms than when torch-bearing White Supremacists and American Nazis ravage a college campus and community in Virginia. The sound reverberating in our souls should not be the calls of “Jews will not replace us“ chanted enthusiastically by the “Unite the Right” hate rally in Charlottesville yesterday. These bands of bigots gathered in defense of a statue of Robert E Lee in a park that once bore his name but has been renamed Emancipation Park. The degradation of human beings, African slaves, that his military genius sought to perpetuate was their allegiance. And it is not these images that should fill our eyes, though they are truly horrific. READ MORE HERE....
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