I did a lot of my thinking about today even before Election Day, so attached is what I said in our synagogue on Yom Kippur. The theme was "repairers of the breach", after the words of the prophet Isaiah. I was pretty sure then that the division that we felt then and feel today would continue to be true whoever became president.
The tension between truth and community, the search to have the best of each without giving up the best of each, is what I imagine I'll be preaching and teaching and facilitating about more than once in the Shabbatot and weeks to come. #lovetruthandpeace #thinkinparagraphs
This beautiful piece was posted this morning by Rabbi Josh Feigelson of Ask Big Questions:
Turning to One Another
by Margaret J. Wheatley
There is no greater power than a community discovering
what it cares about.
Ask “What is possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.