Backyard, for Now: Post Election Reflection from Amichai (Hebrew)

Stay tuned – English translation coming soon. בינתיים בחצר האחורית: תגובה אישית לבחירתו של טראמפ הרב עמיחי לאו-לביא בליל הבחירות מצאתי את עצמי בחצר האחורית של הבית הגדול בעיר קולומבוס שבאוהיו, תחת עץ גדול ושמים גשומים. בתוך הבית, צמודים למסך, … Continue reading

Today, Together, We Lean In


I spent most of last night under the trees in a backyard in the middle of Columbus Ohio where a large group of Hillary volunteers from all over the country were gathering. As the screen got redder I spent more and more time out back. And then more joined me, and we stood quietly, and hugged, and at some point made up pleas and prayers. We were strangers in a strange land, but for a brief time in that backyard we were stronger and hopeful, and we were together.

We are all responding in our own way to this election: anger, blame, disbelief, silence, fear. For others, exalted. For me, there is a welling up, a need for backyard belonging. No matter your response, we are love-bound to care for one another. The time will certainly come for front line action, with wisdom and power.

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The Final 5 Words from the “Toracle”

“Today is the official post High Holy Day season. It’s been a packed two months of prepping and praying, blogging and singing; conversations about silence and activism, love and re:love, our role in public and private racism, and what it means to have the chance to restart our lives, again, for good. Thank you all for showing up, for sharing feedback, for generously loving and supporting us in so many ways. Our survey and pledge lines are still open…” Continue reading