This prayer from my dear friend, Rabbi Katie Mizrahi, stirred people deeply at the recent Reconstructionist Jewish convention in Philly.
Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely YHVH is in this place and i, I did not know it. And he was amazed and said, Mah Norah Hamakom Hazeh, “How awesome is this Place! This is none other than the House of God, and the very gateway to heaven.”
God was in this place but i, I didn’t know it. Love. Yes. Blessing. There unseen all along.
But also, darker things. Dangerous things.
Hatred and Antisemitism were in this place and i, I didn’t (really) know it.
Mass media spewing lies into dark digital corners and until 2016 I wasn’t paying attention.
Downward-spiraling white people struggling and seething, and i, I haven’t cared enough.
Slavery’s legacy ripping through a broken criminal justice system this place. And i, I’ve been white enough not to have to worry too urgently.
Immigrant children imprisoned (not just now but for…
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