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#EnoughBernie (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Bernie Sanders is a pure voice, a compelling visionary. Who didn't build a caucus of allies during his decades in Congress. Criticism of him, however undesirable it is for his supporters, is just as objective as the slings and arrows his campaign is actively slinging at Clinton. Moreso, the harm Bernie's campaign will cause millions if he weakens the obvious Democratic nominee when she faces a hateful demagogue in the general election calls for a robust reaction, before it is too late. His campaign has run its course, and his message will continue to be influential. But he is not the leader we need. As Jewish tradition puts it: "A wise person is preferable to a prophet." We know that prophets might have been right and pure, but their inability to bring people along is what made the doom they saw even more inevitable, and why Judaism has always tempered expectations and insisted upon grounded leaders. We dare not allow our yea…

68 Words, 68 Years

68 Words, 68 Years © Rabbi Menachem Creditor
From the fiery furnace we rose knowing what it is to be hated, Jewish blood spilled every century every continent hasn't erased our hope, to be free, to be a blessing.
Wielding weapons we wish we didn’t need, we fight with tears in our eyes, praying that same prayer we've always prayed: peace.
What new songs will we teach our precious children?
Our home, our land, our choice.

Our Testimony: A Yom haShoah Message

Our Testimony: A Yom haShoah Message  Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Tonight and tomorrow we commemorate the Shoah. We seek testimony from the precious survivors in our communities, comfort from each other, answers that will not come. W e stand silent, we cry loudly, we light candles. All of this is right, all of it is wrong. 
"Lo Amut Ki Echyeh/I will not die, but rather I will live" sing the Psalms, words we just recited every day of Pesach.  In the annals of our People, tragedies beyond number have hurt us, threatened our tradition, our very existence. Despite it all we are here. We are here. Tonight and tomorrow, that is the loudest response Jews around the world offer. We are here, and we are here to stay. Our children will live. Judaism will live. 
Lo Amut:  We will not die.  Ki Echyeh: We will live.
There is no answer to the Shoah, no theology, no historical explanation that will suffice. We scream at and to God. But, as the great Elie Wiesel famously put it, "When others ha…