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These Are Dark Days for America

These Are Dark Days for America
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Donald Trump laid out his vision of our country today, with the theme of "America First." It rang a bell. Here are a few dark resonances.

The America First Committee was the most prominent group opposing American entry into World War II. The contemporary "America First Party" includes the following in its platform: "Since the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, there have been 40 million unborn babies slaughtered, laying to waste an entire generation. It is time that we end the American Holocaust. We are committed to protecting the lives of these innocent persons." and this: "The America First Party will not support any proposal that allows homosexuals into the military service of the United States of America, in any capacity," and the real doozy is this one: "The America First Party is unalterably opposed to all so-called ' hate cri…

Yearning Americans: A Prayer for a Beloved Society

Yearning Americans: A Prayer for a Beloved Society © Rabbi Menachem Creditor offered at the US Capitol Building as part of the Fact Coalition/JubileeUSA Tax and Transparency Days 2016
Audio of the Prayer can be found here: soundcloud.com/rabbicreditor/yearning-americans-a-prayer
Dear God,
We stand together tonight, arm in arm, sisters and brothers, Americans of faith and American atheists, small business owners and elected officials, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Black, Brown, and White, conservative and progressive, all of us Yearning Americans united in a sacred collective dream awaiting fulfillment, the dream of a beloved community where every person is considered worthy, a society in which every person is treated with respect by their leaders and neighbors.
The prophets of old denounced the idolatry of greed, calling out the construction of great and ornate buildings while people slept naked and hungry in the streets. We thought that, by now, we’d have learned. But, God, to …

Justice, Soon and in Our Days: A Prayer, Sitting at the Steps of the Supreme Court

Justice, Soon and in Our Days: A Prayer, Sitting at the Steps of the Supreme Court
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor Dear God, Too many of us are denied our rights,
the gradual change
promised over and over again
a cruel canard
in the face of enduring structural disregard. Where are You, Just One,
when the color of our skin
seals our fate in the eyes of the law? Where are You, God,
when we are denied the vote
after serving long sentences
for minor offences? Where are You, Merciful One,
when we inject poison
into Your Images
punishing them for wrongs
we are often wrong in deciding? God, I sit at the foot of a building
on which is emblazoned
"justice the guardian of liberty"
and I remember:This prayer long ago,
when the words
"justice, justice shall You pursue"
rang forth like a bell. We are our sisters' keepers.
We are our brothers' keepers.
We just keeping forgetting our way,
closing our eyes through the unjust luxury of inherited privilege. God, may …

I Love BimBam's "Shaboom!"

I Love BimBam's "Shaboom!" Rabbi Menachem Creditor
A Letter to the NY Jewish Week (in response to comments found at http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/little-einsteins-little-mensches)
To those who see BimBam's "Shaboom" as anything other than an amazing new gift to Jewish families, I offer the following brief thought: As a rabbi, as a father, as a grown-up little boy who still reads 'The Monster at the End of the Book' for fun, I thank BimBam for bringing Torah to new heights, for bringing Jewish Joy into the 21st century, and for making me smile. (If you believe Judaism has never shared delightful and complicated images of Angels, I refer you to the following in-depth analysis: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/114837/angels-in-judaica). Thank you BimBam, for sanctifying technology and teaching my children!
Rabbi Menachem Creditor Congregation Netivot Shalom Berkeley,CA