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Grateful Striving: A Prayer for the Next Ten Years of Netivot Shalom

Grateful Striving: A Prayer for the Next Ten Years of Netivot Shalom
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor in honor of everyone who has called - and everyone who will call - Congregation Netivot in Berkeley their home  May the One who blessed our ancestors Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah, bless this holy congregation, every one of us: men, women, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers - all of us God's children, committed as a community to build the world around us by building upon the blessings we've been granted by others. These last 26 years as the sacred Jewish home known as Congregation Netivot Shalom, the last ten of which have been lived at 1316 University Avenue, have been glorious. For this, God, we are so very grateful. We have overcome much adversity, deepened our health as an enduring community, and opened the doorways of our Jewish tent to include more and more people, Jewish and not, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, single and married, black and whit…

Guns and Jews

Guns and Jews
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Jewish tradition has long viewed weapons as ugly, utilized only as a response to threat. The fetishizing of guns in American culture means that America's battle over the Second Amendment is also a battle to maintain the Second Command: to not create idols out of guns. It is as the Prophet Jeremiah said, long ago: "I say that there are those in our country to whom Jeremiah would say today: “On your shirt is found the life-blood of guiltless poor. Yet in spite of all these things, you say ‘I am innocent.’" 
If we stand idly by the blood of our sisters and brothers, spilled on our streets, campuses, theaters, Navy Yards, and houses of worship, we are all complicit in every death.

Open

Open [a #poem]
©  Rabbi Menachem Creditor Suspended, floating, open
the uncreated surrounds. Intention and blessing
overpowered by pure emotion,
experience the teacher
life the curriculum. Each step an undoing,
every step an opening,
one foot at a time. #poetry #poetcommunity #life #inspiration

From Newtown Action Alliance: Condolences are not enough, please take action to end gun violence!

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Dear Friends,

Our hearts are very heavy today on the first day of school in Newtown. We remember the 20 beautiful children and the six educators and our hearts are with their families.

We are also heartbroken by the senseless shooting in Virginia that took the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward yesterday. The members of the Newtown Action Alliance would like to express our deepest sympathy for the sudden and tragic loss. We understand that words are not adequate in these circumstances but we offer them in the hope that they will provide even some small comfort. The families, the friends, coworkers at WBDJ7 and the community of Roanoke are in our thoughts and in our hearts.  
We are also angry that Congress has not taken action to prevent these senseless shootings after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting almost three years ago. Newtown should have been the watershed moment in America when lives mattered more than the corporate gun profits.

We know firsthand that condolences are not enough to…

Field of Dreamers

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Field of Dreamers
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

There is a field, a forest,
a sky, a place...
...every place is That Place.

So walk with intention.
Feel the breathing, pulsing ground,
inviting you forward
to field, forest, and sky.

What if there were a way
to know who hasn't given up yet?
to touch the world with their idea(L)s?
to support them through real despair?
There is. You are. You can.
Share. Don't give up. Hope.

That doorway, yours alone,
opens to you. Alone.
The world awaits your next step.

Field.
Forest.
Sky.

Looking Forward to Returning to Shul!

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21 Menachem Av, 5775 August 6, 2015
Dear Chevreh,
This summer has certainly been a full one for Netivot Shalom! It's been wonderful to receive reports of the ongoing learning and activities taking place back home. It's also been hard to be away during hard moments of loss and struggle in our community.
I am deeply grateful to our Rabbinic Intern, Josh Buchin, for his stellar leadership, as a warm, supportive rabbinic presence. It is no small thing to have a soul like his in our community, and I thank him - and the CNS Board for supporting his presence - for his hard work this past summer. Josh has, over these last three years as our rabbinic intern, brought great meaning to so many lives and moments. We're so blessed to have him as one of Netivot Shalom's spiritual guides.
The tim…