Ten is not just a run of the mill number.
Ten is ten
Like in plagues and commandments
Fingers and toes
Martyrs and things you might like to know about me.
I am New England shy
I push myself to get out there.
My comfort zone
The back right corner of the elevator.
I care deeply
About you and who you are
I’m just not convinced
I have everything you think I do.
And so I write with humility
And with reverence
For the word and for the reader.
I respect and value your attention and time.
As I get older
More mature or wiser
If Pew would come and survey me
I would probably identify as
“Spiritual but not religious”.
But it’s more complicated than that
It is always more complicated than that.
Sometimes I am a little disingenuous.
I am proudly and deeply Jewish.
I live in Jewish time – most of the time –
Jewish symbols, rituals, days and foods
Move and delight me.
I love Israel
The place, the people, the dream
The hope, the promise, the land.
I am disappointed in Israeli politics.
I love being unplugged.
That means I love the freedom to be
The kind of person I want to be
The kind of Rabbi that is authentic to me
Yoked to no one else’s image or expectations.
One Son, One Daughter, One Son-in-law
I am blessed