And this is where we are. We have the opportunity to be those who stand at the edge of the promised land, a land full of justice, a land full of peace. We can be those people, whose lives are saved, but only if…
Divine One, who breathes life into each and every one of us. May we be able to see Your spark, in our neighbors. Who asks us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Who makes no distinction regarding where we are from, the color of our skin, the faith we believe, and who binds us together in shared humanity. Who teaches us to treat the immigrant like our own people, for we too have been strangers in a land.
I’m currently reading (a phrase I use a lot) Tribes by Seth Godin and I’m slowly making my way through it. It, like much of Godin’s material, is deeper than it appears and must be waded through. Well written and brilliant, he packs so much into his works.
While listening to an old interview between Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin, they remarked that the cost of trying new things is exceedingly low and the benefits astronomical. I couldn’t help but apply this to something I’m passionate about.
On Shabbat, I taught a piece of text from the Shulkhan Arukh at a moment in our service for learning. It was suggested to me by my rav when I was trying to figure out what to teach. I looked up a bunch of references, but all in all, the text stood by itself. Little more was said on it that the words themselves.
With the sad news of Gene Wilder's death, I revisited one of my favorite's of his works, The Frisco Kid. In this phenomenally funny movie, Gene Wilder plays a Polish rabbi sent to serve a community in San Francisco in the 1850s.
We find our illustrious heroes, the Israelite people. They are at the edge of the land, not yet into Israel. For the last few weeks in the Torah, and for most of the book of Deuteronomy, Moses has been preaching to the people. He is terrified and desperate for the people to know what they are to do and how they are to act once they are in the land.
...For the next two hours, I listened. I listened to black women who spoke of challenges and concerns that my white male privilege has shielded me from. I listened to black women who prayed for resolution, strength, and protection. I listened to black women who wanted justice. Beside them, supporting them, and in their name, I chanted, "we're on the people's side", "trust Black women", and "Black lives matter."...