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Rabbi Crawley: Not Optimistic | Yom Kippur 5782 Sermon

Not Optimistic

Rabbi Stephanie Crawley

Yom Kippur 5782/2021

Washington, DC


There is a fire in my heart

Shut up in my bones –
Says the prophet Jeremiah –

I am on fire – I say

My world is burning
My country is fractured
My friends distanced
Myself isolated

There is a fire in my heart –
I feel it burn in my bones

Too much – Too much.
It’s all too much.

Some days,
The fire is slower

Almost ignorable

And then another climate report
Another shooting
Another war or failure of justice
Another attempt to take away my rights
Another moment of progress for progress’s sake
Another child who has to rebuild their future in a new home once more…

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