May 16, 2021

A Prayer for this Moment, Standing at the Mountain

A Prayer for this Moment, Standing at the Mountain 
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Dear, Holy One,
You, who abide
in the highest heights
and the innermost depths,
pour the best of You through the best of us.

We cannot stand at Your holy mountain,
if we ignore the terrain.
We cannot be of service to Your world
if we fail to find our balance.

And so we turn to You, Maker of Peace,
because the tremors below
are causing wide fissures between us.

I look East and see my child in danger.
I look East and see my parents running for cover.
I look East and see my sister and brother and their babies,
taking shelter as sirens blaze and rockets explode,
and, in this moment, I cannot see anything else.

This makes Your mountain even smaller,
but not small enough that I can recognize
my cousins on the other side,
separated from me by painful histories.
The rockets blind me to all we’ve shared.
But there they are, vulnerable and scared,
the worst of humanity holding them hostage, too.

As we pray to receive Your wisdom this holy, revelatory night,
what do we truly pray for our cousins to receive?
Destruction? A mountain over their heads?
What we do not wish for ourselves,
we must never wish upon our neighbors.

Though we know that defending our children, our parents, our families,
is right in Your eyes, we do feel the terrible cost, pulsing in the earth itself,
causing great tectonic collisions, opening great rifts between Your children
on the different sides of the mountain.

And so, Source of Life, we will do our very best
to forge a path up the mountain,
to see past its rocky border
and remember You too dwell in our cousins’ eyes.

May we only do what we must to protect ourselves,
until that great day when swords and rockets, war itself
will forever be banished from the land.

May all Your images lie down in safety,
ready to wake and rebuild our shared and fractured world.

Amen.


May 2, 2021

Announcing New Dates on the A Rabbi's Heart #BookTour!


Announcing New Dates on the
A Rabbi's Heart
#BookTour!
Dynamic conversations between author Rabbi Menachem Creditor and a diverse community of religious leaders celebrating the release of Rabbi Creditor’s newest book –
A Rabbi's Heart
, featuring selections of his writings during the eleven years between 2006-2017. The interchange of ideas during this sharing of time and heart will touch on issues of Social Justice, Zionism, America, Torah, and Spirituality and will inspire participants with a renewed appreciation of self, community, faith, and the world.
May 6, 1pm - Rabbi
Adina Lewittes
, #Shaar
May 11, 9pm - Rabbi Ken Chasen,
Leo Baeck Temple
May 13, 11am - Rabbi Mike Uram,
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
May 20, 12pm - Julia Knobloch, #Poet,
Ziegler
Rabbinical Student
June 1, 5pm - Rabbi Nicole Guzik,
Sinai Temple
June 3, 11am - Rabbi Daniel Gropper,
Community Synagogue of Rye
A Rabbi's heart is available on Amazon or at tinyurl.com/arabbisheart

A Prayer for this Moment, Standing at the Mountain

A Prayer for this Moment, Standing at the Mountain  © Rabbi Menachem Creditor Dear, Holy One, You, who abide in the highest heights and the ...