Nov 14, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
[#BuildOnLove NewsLetter] Mitzvah Opportunity, New Book, Essays, Videos, and Special Pricing for other Titles!
I'm thrilled to share with you the news that my second collection of essays, Intense Beginnings, is about to be published! Stay tuned for that information in the coming weeks. In honor of the new book's release, some of my other titles are available at reduced prices. (See the bottom of this email for the links to those titles, as well as some recent essays/video blogs I've shared.)
But on this Veterans Day, where we share gratitude for servicewomen and servicemen - like my amazing sister, Navy Chaplain Rabbi Yonina Creditor - who give and give on behalf and in defense of our nation, I especially want to tell you about some work in which I’ve been involved these past months, during which I joined the board of the One America Movement. It’s a remarkable movement – bringing people together across religious, racial, cultural and political divides to participate together in community service projects, and a shared meal and conversation. It started soon after the 2016 election, when a group of faith leaders sat down and mapped out a different vision for the country. We talked about how to bridge the growing divisions in our society, how to address the growing isolation we feel from each other, the “bubbles” we increasingly find ourselves living in. We dreamed about how to build a movement for a better way of treating each other — and how to begin by living out the values behind that movement. The end result was this organization, the One America Movement, led by a colleague and friend I have come to admire enormously – Andy Hanauer. I encourage you to read his piece from last May “Isolation Won’t Save Us” which you can see here. I'm also writing to ask if you’d consider contributing. I’m passionate about this work – I wouldn’t have joined the board if I didn’t believe fervently in its importance and that it can make a difference in our national life. Please consider donating here.
Chevreh, we are living in a deep, transformational moment. I myself am exploring new ways in which I can offer my gifts in the world, a world in such need of the love we each have to offer. Just this past week, I stood side by side, heart to heart, with the sublime Neshama Carlebach and other amazingly talented and passionate Jewish musicians and poured out my song, Olam Chesed Yibaneh, with an audience whose shared singing and deep hope lifted my heart higher than it's ever been before. You can witness that holy moment by clicking here. (The whole concert was ecstatic, and Olam begins at 2 hours, 9 minutes.) I share this experience not only because of the exquisite love of that moment, but also because we all deserve the hope and inspiration that moment offered.
If we hold each other right and well, if we build this world from love, then hope and inspiration will flow ever stronger in your own heart. And, in this way, I believe with all of me, we can change the whole world for the better. We must. And we will.
See below for some of titles available at reduced prices and some new essays/videos!
- What Does it Mean?
- And Yet We Love: Poems
- Primal Prayers: Spiritual Responses to a Real World
- Rabbi Rebecca and the Thanksgiving Leftovers
The Preacher's Daughter Was Shot
Facebook Live video (Nov. 5, 2017)
A Prayer after the Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs
menachemcreditor.net (Nov. 5, 2017)
Parashat VaYera: Which Fire Will it Be?
The Times of Israel (October 29, 2017)
Finding Holiness at San Quentin
YouTube (Oct. 26, 2007)
Nov 5, 2017
A Prayer after the #Church #Shooting in #SutherlandSprings, near #SanAntonio
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Please, God, please....
Open our eyes,
so that our hearts break appropriately.
How much blood must be spilled by guns in America before we remember stand for life? Before we are brave enough to do the right thing?
We cannot become numb.
We will not become numb.
Do not become numb.
Faith demands we do not stand idly by.
We will not become paralyzed.
We cannot. It is not allowed.
Not when there are lives to save.
Your Images, torn and bloodied, God.
That is what we have done,
what we keep on doing...
Tears won't bring our fallen
sisters and brothers back.
So, living sisters,
So, living brothers,
cry, dry your shocked eyes,,
and get involved.
Too much blood spilled,
sanctified ground defiled.
We have sinned,
we have sinned,
we have sinned.
And, if we take no action,
we will have learned nothing,
we will have sinned again,
and needless deaths will be our fault.
This is on us.
Help us save each other, Dear God.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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