This page offers a monthly quote that I hope you will find inspiring or meaningful, thought provoking or perhaps even controversial.
Tevet 5774Complaining is not a strategy.
Kislev 5774We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats
People make the mistake of thinking that belief precedes prayer, as if they cannot pray because they cannot believe. The reverse is more likely the case. Prayer compels belief, not the other way around. The communal worship of Yom Kippur established realities of which daily life is only dimly capable of grasping. For a very brief moment, we are in touch with the sacred, with our finitude, with those we love, with the broader human universe that calls us to our better selves, and with the God we are not even sure we believe in.
Sages and madmen of my books, you who have made me familiar with subversion, your place is here. Nowhere. In the sand where I have often lain, without yet wanting to die, and let my hands open to the void.
Subversive prophets of the arid kingdom where I have joined you, you have filled my years with your phrases, riddled my sky with insistent questioning, buried my certainties under your feet.
"The universe is a book; every day, a page of it. You read a page of light--of waking--and a page of dark--of sleep--a word of dawn and a word of forgetting," he had noted.
The desert has no book.