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Menachem Creditor (@rabbicreditor) is rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA, and the founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America, he is a a founding Board Member of the One America Movement and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel.

A frequent speaker on Jewish Leadership and Literacy in communities around the United States and Israel, he has served as a Trustee of American Jewish World Service, Shalom Bayit, and sits on the Social Justice Commission of the International Rabbinical Assembly.

He has authored or edited fourteen books, including What Does it Mean (2017), Not By Might: Rabbis Against Gun Violence (2016), And Yet We Love: Poems (2016), Primal Prayers (2015), The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel (2014), Peace in Our Cities (2013), and Siddur Tov LeHodot (2012). His children’s books include Rabbi Rebecca and the Thanksgiving Leftovers, Avodah: A Yom Kippur Story and A Pesach Rhyme.

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Sometimes, it isn't about nuance.
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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.

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