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Nov 11, 2019
Nov 1, 2019
Inside Edition (CBS)What is Rosh HaShannah? youtube.com/watch?v=HkdPGmoeEOQ&t=24sInside Edition (CBS)What is Yom Kippur? youtube.com/watch?v=8rvSCoA0uVQGun Violence Through a Jewish Lens - youtube.com/watch?v=iExHaVfjyAUThe Tower of Babel and The Myth of Unity (Parashat Noach) - facebook.com/MyJewishLearning/videos/1040651536280629/
Oct 30, 2019
- None Shall Make Them Afraid
- Holding Fast: Jews Respond to American Gun Violence
- Not by Might: Channeling the Power of Faith to End Gun Violence
- Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence
- amen? a prayer for more than thoughts and prayers
- We Will Not Be Wearied: A Prayer To End #GunViolence
- We Must Rebuild God's House by Saving Each Other's: A Spiritual Response to Charleston Huffington Post (June 18, 2015)
- "Today" -- A Rosh HaShannah Prayer to End Gun Violence - Rabbi Menachem Creditor
- Guns and Jews - (Aug. 28, 2015)
- The Rabbinic Imperative to Confront American Gun Violence - Times of Israel (June 11, 2015)
- Gun Violence is a Moral Problem - Huffington Post (April 20, 2015)
- Jews and Gun Violence: An Update
- Times of Israel (October 31, 2018)
- haYom Harat Olam: Today the World is Born: a Kavvanah
- "A Real Letter to an NRA Training Counselor"
- Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, & Rabbi Menachem Creditor: "Be Like Busch: An Open Letter to the NRA Membership"
- "Washington and Treblinka: Fields of Memory"
- "The NRA is Funded by Gun Makers: In Defense of a Provocative Statement " (2/19/2013)
- A Prophetic Response to Gun Violence
- Rabbis Against Gun Violence Facebook Page
- Sefaria.org Gun Violence and Judaism text-sheets
- The most recent shootings in the News
- Rabbi Joseph Meszler: A Prayer of Atonement
- Children’s Defense Fund: "Protect Children, Not Guns: The Truth About Guns"
- Mother Jones: "10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down"
- Pastor Michael McBride: "Leaving Fantasy Island: A Call for the Church to Respond to Gun Violence" (2/14/2013)
- JWeekly Opinion: "Gun debate must spur action, even if it’s imperfect" (2/14/13)
- Rabbi Aaron Alexander on Huffpost: "Gun Violence in Our Country: A Crisis for Every Single American" (2/14/13)
- Rabbi Michael Knopf: "The Idolatry of Gun Rights and Gun Control" (2/10/13)
- Pastor Michael McBride: "The moral mandates around gun control" (1/14/13)
- Pastor Michael McBride: "Gun Violence task Force Nust Address Inner Cities" (1/14/13)
- Mother of Noah Pozner Makes Emotional Anti-Gun Plea (1/28/13)
- episcopaldigitalnetwork.com: "Cathedral dean leads assault-weapon ban press conference in prayer" (1/24/13)
- Politico.com: "MLK’s prophetic voice on gun violence" (1/21/13)
- Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. and Jon Pahl, Ph.D. on Huffpost: "The Bible and the Second Amendment" (12/27/12)
- Rabbi Aaron Alexander on Huffpost: "Unnecessary Danger: A Reflection on Guns, Violence and Personal Safety" (12/21/12)
- Rabbi Julie Schonfeld: "Answer Our Prayers: Remarks at the National Cathedral Gun Violence Vigil" (12/21/12)
- Rabbi Gary Creditor: "The Blood of the Children Cries Out From the Ground" (12/21/12)
- Rabbi Jack Moline on ShefaNetwork: "On the Occasion of the Murders of Schoolchildren" (12/18/12)
- Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz: "Right to Bear Arms: A Text Study on Judaism and Gun Control"
- The Trace: Reporting on Guns and Gun Violence in America
- Rabbis Against Gun Violence
- Everytown for Gun Safety
- Brady Campaign
- Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
- Center for American Progress: Gun Violence Resources
- PICO National Network: Gun Violence Resources
- Gun Control Through a Jewish Lens (from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)
- Gun Control Resources for Leaders in the Jewish Community (from the Conservative Jewish Rabbinical Assembly)
- Clergy Against Bullets
- Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence (click here for a list of the supporting denominations and organizations)
Oct 29, 2019
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 12, 2019
© menachem creditor
what is it, precisely, this life,
comedy or tragedy?
we knowingly face death,
it's there. waiting.
and if we think there's a way out
(oh, we don't want to die,
i mean i don't.)
we are wrong.
we will die.
tears well up
at the thought of the end,
the knowledge of it,
can be the tears of heroes
who fight livingly for every moment,
see majesty in the simple
muffin laundry sunset table
love love love love.
those tears, Holy One,
they are not ours alone.
Oh God, Your holy, trembling Hand,
hovering, quivering over Your
Infinite Book of Finite Life,
where even the days of the righteous end.
Oh, the vast sadness You must feel
when a fragment of Your Sacred Heart
dies. departs this world.
God, we are dying.
perhaps, if we agree to live,
really live while we are alive,
then that's ok. perhaps.
(not really, but maybe.)
Your Tears are our tears,
Source of All.
We cry together.
Images of God and God.
It's so very, very sad when we die.
and it's also so very beautiful to live.
Those are Holy Tears, too.
Happy Sad Holy Tears.
Jul 16, 2019
Jul 10, 2019
Five Years after the Bomb in the Sky
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Five years ago, today, this was me, riding a lion in Jerusalem.
But five years ago today, hours earlier, I stood beneath a beautiful blue sky at the Foreign Ministry, looked up, and saw a missile sailing right at me, intercepted at the last minute by the Iron Dome defense system.
That was a moment in my life (and in the lives of countless others) that froze time, changed me forever. The bomb detonated in a loud poof of smoke, but the explosion within me was deafening and shattering and terrifying - andohmyGodImthereagainasIt
But I'm not there at all, not really, because it's been five years since the world turned upside down and I've learned so much since that awful day of bombs in the Heavens and lions on the ground.
Life is not to be taken for granted. We are called to grab life by its woolly mane and ride and ride and ride and ride. And smile. And live. I will never be the same after the bomb. I've never been so alive.
That day. This day.
Jul 9, 2019
more than the whole
© menachem creditor
I board the train, just like everyone.
They've had full days.
I have too.
What a wonder we all are,
groupings of traveling souls,
sharing a train ride,
each with our own eyes.
How amazing God is, to have imagined all of this, each of us so different. Or maybe... Maybe we're more amazing than that. Maybe our skin and eyes and days exceed what even God once imagined.
Maybe each of us
is a fragment
of God's Imagination,
and the all of us
is more than the Whole.
Jun 30, 2019
shiny shellac and holy light
© rabbi menachem creditor
An amazing thing, lightfall on the shiny shellac of a wooden table.
Where did this tree live? How far did its journey take it before it became an object of reflection (and likely the recipient of copious restaurant spills)? Is the dark of its stain natural? Earned? Cosmetic? Did the journey etch itself in deep grooves and furrows, only to be erased in an effort to be functional, to be "presentable"? How many resting hands have recoiled from the stickiness of the shellac? How much weight can this tree support?
Across the table from me, an older couple looks into each other's eyes. She wipes crumbs from his beard, and his laughter is peace. He helps her stand as she grasps her cane, and her glance is heaven. The woman to my left, click-clacking on a laptop, shares my daughter's name (I hear the server call to her, and am suddenly aware she's there). Even her scrolling screen feels like more now.
Children, pastries, names, lovers, countertops, music in the air... Table has seen it all, nurtured it into being, and offered up this bursting moment to an open-hearted visitor who thought a gluten free, veggie-feta pocket was the purpose of this mid-journey stop.
Deepest of all, thanks to the Holy Table:
If you look closely, peer well-beneath the surface, you might even see that the tree, alive and pulsing, is and always has been reaching for the light. So too is every living thing eternally connected to the unceasing Light, the Holy Source of all, the indefinable illumination that penetrates from within and without.
Light, Dear One, light. More and more and more and more. Please. Thank you.
#light #blessing #witness #holinessallaround #BuildOnLove
Jun 11, 2019
A Blessing for Organ Donors
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
May the enormity of the gift you are giving be felt by many, and may your body experience it minimally.
May the many natural emotions that well up in your body after surgery be overwhelmed by radical gratitude and personal fulfillment.
May the life you are about to save be worthy of your selfless act, performing many loving acts for others.
May 31, 2019
May 21, 2019
In their honor, here are some beautiful stories about their wedding (the premier episode of Arthur, season 22 on PBS) and resources for celebrating love!
30 Children’s Books with LGBT Characters -- https://www.weareteachers.com/books-with-lgbt-characters/
21 CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT CELEBRATE LGBT FAMILIES -- https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/06/21-childrens-books-that-celebrate-lgbt-families.html
via Keshet: "Two Jewish Children's Books with LGBT Characters: -- "The Purim Superhero" -- https://www.keshetonline.org/resources/thepurimsuperhero/ & "The Flower Girl Wore Celery" - https://www.keshetonline.org/resources/the-flower-girl-wore-celery/
A Rainbow Celebration: Gays & Lesbians in Books for Children -- https://sfpl.org/?pg=2000154901
via CNN: "'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn came out as gay and got married in the season premiere and Twitter loved it" -- https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/us/mr-ratburn-gay-arthur-trnd/index.html
via YouTube: Arthur creator Marc Brown explains why he wanted a gay wedding to be part of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9oQZ1k8peo
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