Over the last few months,
James Baldwin has been speaking to me.
I've been trying to hear, to listen,
to pause, significantly, before trying to relate.
He left home because the fury there felt like a threat.
Away, he discovered love of that furious home,
which is why it hurt him so deeply.
Some of his thoughts require no translation.
Some are of a language which will never be mine.
Yet he speaks to me.
- Rabbi Menachem Creditor