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To Kneel [a #Poem]

To Kneel 

(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance.
Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
standing at the center of a whirlwind
holding your ground.

No cathedral is immune to agony,
no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

We Will Do Our Best [a #poem]

We Will Do Our Best
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
for Eileen Soffer, National Coordinator of Rabbis Against Gun Violence
Everybody's got guns
and we're doing our best.
But that's not good enough.It is, 
not good enough and true
that everybody's got guns
that we're doing our best,When will our best be good enough?
When will the Messiah arrive?Though 
the Good Enough 
and the Messiah 
may tarry...
we will do our best.

I wish, Okay? [a #poem]

I wish, Okay?
(c) Menachem Creditor I wish...
I wish Syrians would stop killing each other.
I wish ice cream were good for me.
I wish 9/11 never happened.
I wish Josiah Bartlet were real.
I wish laughter were louder.
I wish flowers could stop us when we pass them by.
I wish painful lessons could be a little less painful.
I wish we would turn golf courses into free public housing.
I wish Sesame Street were still on PBS. (Did I mention that thing about Bartlet? Okay.) I wish for one wish.
Per person.

To the One: Gratitude

To the One: Gratitude (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
To the One 

Who witnesses life    Who is Life       Who feels our joys and sorrows,           Who is our Tears and Laughter
To the One
Who touches us from the inside    Who knows the world we dream about       Who is the Dream we will one day realize
To the One
Who waits in the quiet hour    Who vibrates in joyous noise       Who fills every moment with the potential of Presence
To the One
Infinite One    Source of Life       You
Thank You.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor Rabbi, Congregation Netivot Shalom Chair, Rabbis Against Gun VIolence (#RAGV)
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A Moment of Awareness

A Moment of Awareness © Rabbi Menachem Creditor

An awareness that my beat-up shoes were in need of replacement and that I can afford a new pair; an awareness that I can also control my own time to go buy a new pair of shoes; an awareness that I'm now wearing shoes that help renew my sense of sure-footedness in the world; an awareness that I'm so privileged in all these ways, and finally:
an awareness that inherited privilege must be earned and shared, until no person's need exceeds another's.
Please make a gift to My New Red Shoes, a Bay Area non-profit founded in 2006 to boost the self-confidence, educational experience and quality of life of our community's homeless and low-income children. This year, our goal is to provide 10,000 impoverished children with a new pair of shoes and the opportunity to shop for new school clothing for the 2016 back-to-school season.