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Davening in a Grove (#poem)

Davening in a Grove
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
inspired by Rabbi Arthur Green davening in a grove
trees and souls reaching
up and in
for light, for loveall of being
One now many
remembering our shared originsin this paradise of a grove
it's hard to remember
which way is East

A Comment on President Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration

A Comment on President Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I've held back from publicly voicing my assessment of the President, but (from my distant perspective) his executive performance has seemed so inconsistent. I have never wavered in my respect for the office, nor my personal admiration for his obvious noble spirit. Tonight, by publicly airing that nobility on behalf of immigrants (among whom, in recent American history, all of my ancestors would have been counted); by acknowledging the broken-ness of our political parties; by taking responsible executive action (and by testing those encoded limits for all the right reasons) - for all of these reasons, he re-became the President I voted for.

(To those for whom every issue is one issue, I'll add: I remain concerned about our administration's apparent readiness to negotiate with Iran. Nuclear capacity is an obvious existential threat to Israel. I take the Israeli government at their…

More than 1,000 clergy urge Congress to pass the VRAA!!!

Dear Chevreh,
I am thrilled to share with you the final copy of the interfaith clergy letter in support of the Voting Rights Amendment Act, which was coordinated by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justicesigned by more than 1,000 faith leaders from all 50 states and DCand more than two dozen religious denominations
I ask you to please consider sharing this email (and the social media links below) with your networks. This morning, we shared the letter with every Congressional office and, to amplify the faith leaders’ voices, Bend the Arc has placed a full page ad about the letter today in Roll Call which you can viewhere. Roll Call also picked up an op-ed I was humbled to co-create with Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler, which you can read here:“After a Rainstorm of Voter Disenfranchisement in 2014, Congress Must Restore the Voting Rights Act”
The letter is attached and is also available alongside the ad and op-ed here:
We hope you will share the let…

hoping in between sobs [#poem]

hoping in between sobs [#poem]
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor crying singing.
hands on the eastern wall of my shul,
touching every shul,
images of bloody tallitot haunt me
as I teach hatikvah to
a new generation of
irrational hopeful Jews
(just don't let them see me cry)
begging the cosmos for peace,
knowing it's irrational
demanding it anyway
(in between sobs, of course)

Sunday Morning at 10am: “What's Really Happening On (and Under) the Ground in Jerusalem?”

“What's Really Happening
On (and Under) the Ground in Jerusalem?”

Sunday Morning (Nov. 16) 10am Congregation Netivot Shalom Sanctuary 1316 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Free and Open to the Public 

CNS Scholar-InResidence Jared Goldfarb will deliver his final talk at Netivot Shalom, entitled “What's Really Happening On (and Under) the Ground in Jerusalem?” Explore the politics of archaeology with one of Jerusalem's most experienced and sought-after guides. Discuss what is involved in exploring the many-layered past of the holy city.

Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat at CNSBerkeley with Israel Educator Jared Goldfarb!

a quiet minyan [#poem]

a quiet minyan
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor power quietly coursing
through this quiet minyan
suddenly I am awarewind itself a whisper
loss and life and love
all mixed in fragrant airnowhere else calls
for in this fleeting moment
everywhere, everything, everyone
is right here----

go [ #poem ]

© Rabbi Menachem Creditor knowing not
what is next
nor what is now
nor what really ever wasgofrom your place,
from your familiar,
from your known,
from your very heartgoto yourself,
that might be