Reluctant Meditation on Seder

Monday, April 14, 2014*
Written in a Place of Vulnerability

The Haggadah is all about the telling, by Onkelos the teaching, by Maimonides the showing. The story changes and it remains the same. We always have one foot in the personal and one foot in the universal.

Each year we squeeze the story for more of what it means — for the individuals for the community the nation the world — for the concentric circles where we all belong.

What it means, it’s a good question, but not the only question.

Attached to this year’s meaning is the silent heart of grief, which always precedes the what-it-means question.

The world: still cracked. Hate corrupts, love repairs. We know this. But the first response is always the silent heart of mourning, which is the silent heart of suffering, which is the opening to the heart of wisdom. Some time into the future we will respond by knowing what to do.

For now: open a moment to the silent heart of suffering, still a part of our story, our story a part of the world story.

Pray for peace in the grandest and most individual ways: the peace of the near and the peace of the far. And healing for the losses, and some sort of comfort for us all.

Amen.

 

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* Frazier Glenn Miller has been charged in relation to three shooting deaths outside Jewish institutions near Kansas City, MO., on April 13, 2014.

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