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Selichot Prayer

Selichot Prayer
© Rabbi Menachem CreditorI stand before You, open-hearted and open-souled. You've seen my year, held me every step of this path. I stand before You.I weep before You, revealed and breathless. You've been watching me learn, one lesson at a time. I weep tears of gratitude before You.I sing before You, chest pounding the rhythm of every prayer inside me. Your quiet intensity permeates my very being. I sing before You.I ask. I thank. I admit. I feel. I hope. I wonder. I cry. I sing. I breathe.You. You. You. You. You. You. You.#selichot #prayer

Things, Revealed and Hidden: Nitzavim

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May We Know Each Other: A 9/11 Prayer

May We Know Each Other: A 9/11 Prayer
© Rabbi Menachem CreditorAs a New Yorker on that day, alongside countless others in the face of horror, I remember the kindness that pervaded everyone's beings. We knew each other that day, through the pain. That kindness that poured from so many no-longer-strangers...May we share it again with no prompt in the name of those we lost - and what we, as a world, lost that day. Blessings of love and healing to the whole world today.May we know each other.Amen.#september11#remember#BuildOnLove

An Intention for Shabbat Ki Tavo

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An Intention for Shabbat Ki Tavo
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

"Ki Tavo" (literally "when you arrive"), points to that moment when you finally enter the domain of Promise. After 40 years along your own meandering, wandering route, full of the painful and revelatory kind of experiences that typify truly transformative growth journeys, you arrive.

What then? What next?

The bounty of blessing you've ached for is now - finally - offered. How do you receive it? Greedily claiming it as your own? Or might you learn to experience blessing as a gift from beyond the self, calling for more gratitude than anything else?

May this Shabbat be one in which you choose to experience abundance of blessing.

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Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

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From Rabbi Creditor Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

My Prayer, Standing with Ben Stern before the Rally Against Hate

Standing with holocaust survivor Ben Stern, @rabbicreditor leads prayer before Berkeley rally. @KQEDnewspic.twitter.com/3Kf73swamq— Eli Wirtschafter (@RadioEli) August 27, 2017

This Sunday, I'm Following Ben

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CNS Homepage  |  Make a Gift!  |  CNS Calendar  |  Rabbi Creditor's Blog From Rabbi Creditor:  This Sunday, I'm Following Ben  August 23, 2017  Rosh Chodesh Ellul, 5777 Dear Chevreh,  
This week will be a hard one, but it will also be a powerful and beautiful one. Among the blessings of the Bay Area is a commitment to diversity. Yes, that can be a truly strange and complicated reality in our Berkeley world, but in this moment of our city's life, it is a blessing we embrace.
This weekend, white supremacists and neo-Nazis ar

Power in a Just Society: Violence, Religion, and Privilege

These Hallowed Fields: An Intention for Camp Ramah

These Hallowed Fields: An Intention for Camp Ramah
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor Many generations of souls have played here, learned here, grown here. Some never leave. Friends, mentors, loves - this holy place has been home for thousands and thousands. For me, it's been a Berkshires, Nyack, Ojai, Palmer, Monterey journey. My grandmother, parents, sisters, and children have known this summer air, sing these holy songs, feel this Jewish pride. It is real and it is magic. May the power of Ramah continue spreading throughout the world, one whole person at a time. May these shining, happy young faces know that their hearts are connected to a tradition born of educator-dreamers, made real by thousands of grateful others. May the joy and love of Ramah, carried by these lucky children and adults, influence their communities, and through those blessed communities, the world. Thank You, Holy One, for the gift of this holy place. #ramah#CampRamah#ramahforever

The Day After Charlottesville

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The Day After Charlottesville
Rabbi Menachem Creditor Huffington Post - 08/14/2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-day-after-charlottesville_us_599209efe4b063e2ae058204

In the aftermath of a horrific day in Charlottesville, there is an image I ask us to hold onto.

It is not the KKK in their hateful robes, not the tweets of a President who demonstrates more outrage when his daughter’s handbags are no longer carried by Nordstroms than when torch-bearing White Supremacists and American Nazis ravage a college campus and community in Virginia. The sound reverberating in our souls should not be the calls of “Jews will not replace us“ chanted enthusiastically by the “Unite the Right” hate rally in Charlottesville yesterday. These bands of bigots gathered in defense of a statue of Robert E Lee in a park that once bore his name but has been renamed Emancipation Park. The degradation of human beings, African slaves, that his military genius sought to perpetuate was their allegiance. And it …

Our Cherished Litany of Loss: Tisha Be'av 5777/2017

Our Cherished Litany of Loss: Tisha Be'av 5777/2017 © Rabbi Menachem Creditor
You, Jerusalem, (God, Your name burns my mouth.) golden watch-towers, heart-pulsing sacred stones, center of the universe, lion’s share of all the beauty that could be…
millions clamor for Your love… …You, O Jerusalem
Eternal City, why do You sit alone?
I miss You so very much. I miss You in Your absence, long for You because You are not here, because I am not there, with You. That is about me, not about you. I mourn for myself when I mourn for You.