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Real Work [a #poem] #leadership #friendship

Real Work © Rabbi Menachem Creditor
The work of a leader's incredibly fraught, as direction is easy to bend. And the slightest mistake can affect many things – especially those one didn't intend.
There are those who will hear what they've decided was clear even before the leader's words have emerged. And the toxic encounter a leader feels ‘round her, takes days and real work just to purge.
So I offer this rhyme, to myself and to you, as leaders on paths without ends. Real work, it turns out, is what leading's about which makes leaders so grateful for friends.

A Rabbinic Riff on Capitalism (sparked by the magnificent philanthropy of J.K. Rowling)

A Rabbinic Riff on Capitalism (sparked by the magnificent philanthropy of J.K. Rowling
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

JK Rowling gave away 56 million dollars this year.

That's a lot of good being done by one very good, talented, and successful person. You might, then say, that capitalism can be a redeeming force in the world. And while many do everything they can to change the world through the financial means they are blessed to achieve within a capitalist economy, this very meaningful good effort is inherently dependent upon the righteous conviction of the successful.

That means that capitalism must also be recognized as a "dependency system" in which the vulnerable need the powerful to give their wealth away. Yes, Capitalism can include powerful forces for good, but I'm not convinced it's an inherently good system. We should say about Capitalism what Winston Churchill once said about democracy: "It is the worst form of government except all the others tha…

Upcoming Events (New Years Day Israeli Dancing, Sea of Reeds with Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Creditor, Tu Bishvat Seder, MLK Breakfast)

Netivot Shalom Upcoming Events  New Years Day Israeli Dancing,  Sea of Reeds with Josh Kornbluth & Rabbi Creditor,  Tu Bishvat Seder, MLK Breakfast, and more!
Israeli Folk Dancing on New Years Day!at CNS on January 1st 7:30PM-10:30PM - Come join us for Israeli Folk Dancing on Wednesday, January 1st, from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. We'll start off with easy dances for about the first hour. There will be some teaching and lots of dancing. Led by Claire Sherman, Sarita Blum, and Glenn Massarano. If you have any questions, contact Glenn at Join Rabbi Creditor at CNS member Josh Kornbluth's "Sea of Reeds" at the JCC in San Francisco on Jan 5th, where they will also share a post-show chat! Use the code "CREDITOR" online or on the phone for $5 off tickets!   -- GET TICKETS AT JCCSF.ORG
East Bay Tu Bishvat Seder
led by Rabbi Shalom Bochner Wednesday, January 15, 2014   (Location, time, and cost to be confirmed & shared soon!) cosponsored by the E…

Back by popular demand! - Josh Kornbluth's Sea of Reeds (A man, his oboe, his rabbi, and his orchestra.)

"Genially evocative, tuneful, and very funny... A real pleasure.."- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

"Josh Kornbluth's brave story crosses boundaries that are meant to be crossed... Sea of Reeds has given this rabbi more hope that the world might discover how to heal itself, breath by breath." - Rabbi Menachem Creditor
SEA OF REEDS will be at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco January 3 - 12
Written by Josh Kornbluth in collaboration with Amy Resnick and David Dower, Sea of Reeds is equal parts monologue, musical, and comedy. Plus, Josh and Shotgun's Artistic Director Patrick Dooley have taken the wonderful opportunity of this remount to add new material and staging! Come see why a lifelong atheist would decide to get bar-mitzvahed in Israel at the age of 52, and just what playing the oboe has to do with the Book of Exodus.  

The January 5th performance will feature a post-show chat with Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom…

from forever until always... [#poem]

from forever until always...
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
God is more than you think,
more than any one can know.
But maybe not more than
the collective imagination of
everyone, everywhere,
from forever until always...

Oren: Israel must recognize all forms of Judaism or risk alienating US Jews

Oren: Israel must recognize all forms of Judaism or risk alienating US Jews'We call ourselves the nation-state of the Jewish people,' says recently returned Israeli envoy to the US. 'Now let's live up to it'BY DAVID HOROVITZDecember 29, 2013
WRITERS David HorovitzDavid Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel. He previously edited The Jerusalem Post (2004-2011) and The …[More] Follow or contact:FacebookTwitterEmailRSSWebsite NEWSROOM

Receiving a gun for Christmas is like singing with joy about the power to erase God's Image from the world.

A Rabbi's Christmas Thought (for Jewish Parents and Others)

A Rabbi's Christmas Thought (for Jewish Parents and Others)
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

As a Yeshivah high school student, I was told to not enjoy Christmas lights, "tainted" as they were by non-Jewish "cooties." And, since I lived in a particularly lawn-obsessed neighborhood on Long Island, that meant ducking for cover every third house. The homes abutting my childhood shul were particularly hard to miss, with people driving from far away to witness a million-bulb spectacle, the carbon-footprint of which has yet to be determined.
When I got to college, though, something changed. First of all, the white lights adorning Columbia University's college walk didn't in the least resemble the garish ones I remembered. Secondly, I was done heeding the Jewish-insularists of my Yeshivah days. Most of all, I was a college student whose heart swelled with the romance in the college air - what could be more romantic than mystic lights on a cold winter night?
Which le…

"Blessed, Complicated Water" or "Sitting at China Beach, Remembering Cape Coast" [#poem]

"Blessed, Complicated Water" or "Sitting at China Beach, Remembering Cape Coast"
(C) Rabbi Menachem Creditor These waters kiss those waters,
rotting detritus and free children's footsteps comingling in a global mikvah,
purifying each wet person
from the ravages
of sin.-------
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

a series of hatefeul tweets in response to calls for less #GunViolence

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