The Good Rabbi, Reflections on An Interview with Michael Lerner In The Sun, September 2012

The good rabbi,

being

a good rabbi,

made,

in his own

words,

a rough analogy —

perhaps, but

a smooth simile:

The fear

after 9/11

led to building up

armies and killing

terrorists.

That,

he said, is like

killing

every mosquito

to

stop malaria.

Better to

“dry up the swamps.

Dry up

the swamps

of hatred.

Dry up

the swamps with

generosity and

care.”

He follows

another good

rabbi, Jesus, who

told the

rich, young

ruler (what did

Jesus know? Was

the ruler

buttering

him up a bit?)

not to call him

good but

this good Jesus

came

to dry up

stagnant

swamps

swarming with

hatred,

to preach

love

on the mountain

so

“justice

would roll

down

like

waters and

righteousness

like an

ever flowing

stream.”

Neither rabbi

is

stagnant.

Both –

dynamic.

Tell us

a  story,

rabbi.

Help us

to

see.

 

2 thoughts on “The Good Rabbi, Reflections on An Interview with Michael Lerner In The Sun, September 2012

  1. Rebbe Lerner is a voice crying in the wilderness of the heart ache called ISRAEL/PALESTINE, calling for peace through rational discourse and respectful negotiation. Rather like our voices calling for civility in the Congress and reasonable, intelligent debates during the presidential debates. But…”hope springs anew in the breast of youth.”

  2. Reminds me of a fave Houston landmark, pic found yesterday: a humongous slab with umpteen gallons of water crashing down 24/7 which always reminded me of that passage rather than The Supremes, i.e.SCOTUS. And Isaiah 55:1 with which I will tag it,and the perpetual covenant of peace which is in the preceding chapter.

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