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Images: Reflecting on 13 Reasons Why (1:7)

Images: Reflecting on 13 Reasons Why (1:7)
(c) Menachem Creditor Why Me? why you?
do we see?
can we see each other
truly? can any one see any other?
what if we would?
What if we did?
Would we then,
finally, know the other's truths? Or do we only see what we see?
not you, but my image of you... is there, in the end,
such a thing
as truly knowing an other? Or are we each
at best
each other's image,
images of each other,
glimpses of only the surface,
alone? #13reasonswhy

Upon the Shabbat of Passover

Upon the Shabbat of Passover
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor How powerful the comparison between Shabbat and Pesach. Regarding Shabbat, the culmination of Creation: Darkness and chaos ruled, sparking within God the desire for Light, a primal marker for hope and renewal, for the ability to distinguish between one moment and the next, one person and another. Perhaps we might even say that in the beginning there was Darkness, thank God. But when it comes to the liberation story of Passover, the place of Darkness is different. The increasing Darkness over Egypt through the Exodus narrative, including but not limited to the locusts so manifold that the very rays of the sun are blocked, culminates in the penultimate plague, a form of Darkness that locked one immobilized in the confines of selfhood, unable to even see another person. In the end, there was only Darkness. And so we find ourselves on the Shabbat of Pesach ritually immersed in between the Darkness that prompts Creation and the Darknes…

Homegoing: A Mid-journey Mini-Reflection

Homegoing: A Mid-journey Mini-Reflection
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor I find myself mid-air, weightless, en route to re-enacting my family's freedom journey. My children delighting in each other's silliness, sharing space and time. I'm finally reading a book that's been waiting for months. And I'm reading it because I am in control of my own choices, mostly in charge of my own time. But most of all, my redemption song is one I must labor to remember through elaborate, rituals, annual and daily. I could forget my own oppression. Not really, but sort of. And this is where the pain begins. This eloquent novelization by Yaa Gyasi African slavery (set in Ghana, where my soul was torn open by an encounter with modern slavery just a few years ago) is rife with painful detail, one of which hits me hardest in this moment of family pilgrimage:What if I couldn't be sure I could see my own children, that strangers could legally tear them from me? What if my blessed childhood,…

Pesach Seder Supplements (2017/5777)

From Rabbi Creditor:
The Haiku Haggadah (2017): (YouTube Video) (individual graphics)Jewish Wrath and the Haggadah (podcast)2017 News Stories:
A JWeekly story focusing on Passover practices focusing on Global Slavery: New York Jewish Week story about Pesach Seder Supplements focused on the Refugee Crisis: Times of Israel story about Social Justice Seder Supplements: Seder Supplements from Other Jewish Organizations:
From Rabbis Against Gun Violence (RAGV) Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights: Bend the Arc: AJWS: https://ajw…

The Haiku Hagaddah (2017)