"I was eleven the spring my father singed his eyebrows off
while burning down pear trees."
Three poems by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer appear on The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. The Institute offers a vision of Orthodox Judaism that is intellectually sound, spiritually compelling, and emotionally satisfying.
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"Tonight at 6 p.m. we will gather at the 10th Street entrance to Piedmont Park, in spiritual protest of police brutality and in honor of black lives. We will bring our ‘spiritual tools and gifts to usher in love, peace, and clarity for the road towards justice,’ as the Facebook event page instructs. We will assemble in the park to share these gifts, to chant the words #BlackLivesMatter...."
"...Who could have imagined? Two and a half years ago I had never met a Palestinian as an equal. I had no idea who they were. Ignorance, prejudice, and generalizations had dominated my thinking. Fear controlled me. And then I become swept up in forming Roots, the Local Israeli Palestinian Initiative for Understanding Nonviolence and Transformation, and in creating the Dignity Center as the physical host for Roots. Indeed, I have been transformed, together with hundreds of other Israelis and Palestinians...."
"... when I feel crazy mad, I try really heard to neither silence the feeling nor explain away its source. I simply try and shift from “crazy mad” to “crazy sad”, at least for a while. Believe me, I don’t always get there, and it definitely hurts more when I do, because crazy sad doesn’t lend itself to a quick action or response the way that crazy mad does. Crazy sad breaks your heart in ways that crazy mad doesn’t.
"It seems lately the world is on fire. And every time things calm down, there is a new incident. Another black man is hurt, harassed or killed by a white member of law enforcement. I am a white, Jewish, woman living in the South and I am struggling to figure out what to do. What I don’t want to do is to co-opt the conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement to be about my struggle...I would like to be an excellent comrade. But I don’t live in a place with rallies or protests. This doesn’t mean I’m off the hook.
"Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, who heads Rabbis Without Borders for Clal, is one of the Conservative rabbis who wrote for ‘The Sacred Calling.’ Her chapter focuses on her movement's decision to ordain women, which followed Rabbi Priesand's 1972 ordination and the Reconstructionist Rabbi Sandy Sasso's in 1974 by more than a decade...Rabbi Sirbu thinks that the concept of ‘the rabbi as symbolic exemplar’ is a subject under discussion right now, at least in part because women's leadership o
"Battle lines are being drawn almost everywhere in the public realm. In the U.S. House of Representatives, a number of representatives recently staged a sit-in on the floor of the House, protesting the lack of progress on an important issue. In response, House leaders turned off the cameras and microphones, blocking public access to the actions (or inactions) of their elected representatives.
"I am a Chicago cubs fan, I admit it. Actually, this season – at least so far – it doesn’t take great courage to admit that. The Cubbies are playing great baseball this season. On the other hand, it’s not even mid-July, and this is the Cubs we are talking about, so…. But even if you are not a sports fan, keep reading, because this post isn’t only about sports. It’s about broken hearts, loyalty, what counts as a “win” and why...."
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