You turn my mourning into dancing

Our global cups are overflowing with grief –

Israeli grief, Palestinian grief,

Jewish grief, Muslim grief,

Christian grief –

the latter, at times, caught in the middle

not knowing where or how or whom to console.

Our collective pain and tears are enough

to birth a new path to peace

so that all could one day dance together

celebrating not a victory of one people over another,

but a victory of both

being able to live peacefully and prosperously side by side.

6 Comments Write a comment


  • Maria Hanlin November 24, 2023

    Profoundly written, my friend. Oh that one day soon we can all dance together in victory of all of God’s people. Hope we can talk soon.

    • Rabbi Judith Schindler November 24, 2023

      It is frightening how polarized the world seems to be.

  • Bernie Goldberg November 25, 2023

    Powerful and profound….yet hopeful. Beautiful. So proud to be a part of your circle….

    • Rabbi Judith Schindler November 25, 2023

      Thanks for all your support.

  • John Cox November 26, 2023

    You summed up a hell of a lot, in one short poem; beautiful, and right on the mark.

    • Rabbi Judith Schindler December 10, 2023


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