Secular holidays give us the chance to widen our communities of celebration. We can join with other Americans for prayer, introspection or community service, as we observe holidays that connect us to each other. We can also interpret these holidays in a Jewish context, understanding them in light of the texts and experiences of our people.
In the traditional liturgy, I did not find Shabbat meditation books that were focused on conversion, social justice, and the Black Jewish woman experience. So I did what Jewish women have done...
How can I possibly give thanks to God if I stumble on the thanks I give to the people most important to me?
For me, living in two civilizations means that they inform one another.
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We boys did not know how to comfort other boys, an example of a culture of male toughness, silence, and violence.