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What Will Your Tenth Verse Be?

My tenth verse is the one, though unspoken, that was in everyone’s heart at last night’s powerful multifaith vigil praying together for healing and justice:

“How amazing it is for sisters and brothers to sit together in silence, song, grief and growth – Hineh ma tov uma na’im shevet achim gam yachad.And let us not just sit together, but act as well, flexing our muscles of compassion, love, and hope out into the world.

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Thank you for the passion and talent, for the hearts and minds and bodies that filled the West End Presbyterian Church to mark a week since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Thank you to Rev. Kimberleigh Jordan, Rev. John Vaughn, Deacon Marcia Fingal, Shira Kline, Naomi Less, Asma J. Sadiq, Rev. Eugene Palmore, Dan Nadel, and Brahim Fribgane for your moving words and music. Thank you to especially to Rev. Alistair and Rabbi David for hosting us (and Jennifer Lee for your beautiful photography).

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This came about in a hurry (and with help from google docs), but as Rabbi David said to me on our way out of the church – leaving Egypt happened in a hurry also. Please take the time to read the powerful poem written by Deacon Marcia Fingal for the vigil: Charleston Vigil

May our little lights shine, made even brighter by the presence of others. May our efforts together to end all enslavement and oppression happen both quickly and strategically. May the words of our mouth, the meditations of our hearts, and the work of our hands be acceptable to You, our shared Oneness and Mystery. May the sorrow that brought us together in prayer turn to joy as we organize and change this world for better. 

– Amichai

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