Feb 28, 2018
A Purim Blessing
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Tonight is #Purim.
Tonight we read the Megillah (Scroll) of Esther, whose central phrase is "Nafoch Hu" - "Revolution." What might that mean for us today?
On Purim, in addition to the mitzvah (commandment) to #Hear the Megillah, It is obligatory to enjoy a meal (#Seudah), send a gift of at least two portions to another person (#MishloachManot), and to provide monetary support for the poor (#MatanotLaEvyonim).
In our interconnected world, where inequality on our streets and law are growing, where any group's vulnerability on a given day seems to matter to leaders no more than a toss of the dice (literally the 'lots' of 'Purim'), all these mitzvot feel somehow connected.
How can I enjoy a meal if my privilege robs another of their dignity? On this day, a traditional fast leading up to Purim, a fast commemorating the bravery of the Biblical Heroine Esther... On this day, let us all reflect on the excesses of our portion and commit to interweaving our fates with that of all peoples. Let us commit to a revolution that turns every curse into blessing. Let us learn from Esther that, when the fate of the world hangs in the balance, we dare not wait for an invitation.
Let us be brave enough to see that we have more than we need and good enough to share.
Feb 20, 2018
© rabbi menachem creditor
in support of #MarchForOurLives
gazing with tearful eyes
pure potential, boundless love
colors yet unchosen, taking form...
feeling with a privileged heart
i sit surrounded
by tweeted headlines
so much needless loss
not far away. here. now.
the unbearable silence
drives me outside
where a picnic bench silently invites
a little girl dances over to let me know she's having cucumber and a sandwich for lunch.
life. please God, life.
let the music play...
Feb 15, 2018
Feb 14, 2018
©Rabbi Menachem Creditor
upon the 14th school shooting in 2018
oh, our vulnerable children,
17 felled, bloodied by cherished bullets
and national (bought) numbness.
developmental anger, teenage alienation
armed by a free, uncaring market,
and a cultural weapon-fetish.
how long before it is your child?
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