"Will We Be Worthy: Reflections of an American Rabbi"
by Rabbi Gary Creditor
foreword by Ruby Eisenberg-Creditor
edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
cover artwork: Ariel Creditor
What a privilege it is to be my father's son. In honor of my precious Abbah's birthday (on Nov 10), and prayerfully toward tomorrow, I'm thrilled to announce the publication of "Will We Be Worthy?," a curated selection of my father’s writings, focused on a Jewish vision for America. Collectively, they point toward a spiritually grounded, ever-aspirational national trajectory for the United States.
Be it Emma Lazarus & Immigration, Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), 9/11, Gun Violence, Trayvon Martin, Cross Burning, or Equal Marriage, my father's voice reminds us all that Jewish creativity is never complete, as it serves as a bulwark against the threat of an increasingly complex and vulnerable world, a model of intentional evolution and interconnectedness of all being. In short: ‘it is what it is’ is not good enough. Jewish history teaches us that we can and therefore must make things better for all people.
When my father writes of his own glimpses into his ancestor’s eyes, when he reflects upon the experience of losing a friend, when he marshals Jewish energy to fight for a living wage, when he comments on a sports icon or the fate of our planet, he is channeling the calling that called his soul to action. Through his model we are being offered nothing less than the chance to be part of the great work of being partners with the Divine.
This is my father; this is my teacher.