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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Hazak, hazak, ve-nithazek

Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another.

    Be of good courage, and let us play the men, for our people and the cities of our God.

 I have found myself in a place and a time where I question the Am ha'aretz. I'm left remembering Pasternak, To live your life is not as simple as to cross a field. But is it so hard to see past the selfish and the momentary? Why do we struggle so hard to give the community more, and assuming that; should we lead the horse to water it will drink?

 Every section of Torah ends with Hazak. I've see it as an acronym:  the het stands for Hokhmah (wisdom), the zayan for Ziknah (maturity) and the koof for Kadima (looking ahead.) I see our struggle too in this place and time to honestly undertake community. To accept the burden of what it means to be part of something larger in-that the ego must be controlled. While I did not mean to reflect on religions community in particular but the broader community where I live in America I am drawn to Kahlil Gibran.
 Work with Love in your heart ...And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

 What right do you claim to a community if you can not honestly approach the duty you owe it? In a landscape dominated by the mythic ego what room is there for the rest? How do you see the other when you can only see yourself? Self love is important, but when does it run the risk of idolatry? And perhaps even worse when it becomes the current of a passively accepted culture.

  How do we prepare for the future when the present can't see past it's own nose?

  I read let us play the men, for our people as a call to life, a purposeful life in example. Hazak, take courage, as you'll need it if you decide to take on the task. Though the horse may not drink, you are not absolved from the task of filling the trough.



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