Breaking the Fence Around Torah

This fence around Torah.
Can women and children peak through?
Is there a door for doubters and strangers?
A way in for the serially abused?
Is its wood beige and blended in? 
Or from trees with roots of many different accents and hints?

True, the fence was first meant to keep us in.
The People who fell easily to idols.
Whose stiff-neck led us into wilderness and sin.

And yet, the fence was broken
To invite the poor into the sukkah.
Servants into the field.
And G-d, out, into the world.
 
The gulf between judgment and protection is best filled by human beings
Who paint the fence,
Take up the fence.
And through their work and being, renew Torah.
 

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