And G!d says: "And when you have made the repairs, when you have lessened the distance between yourself and others, when you have forgiven yourself, when you have built your fort and welcomed your community into it for a whole week - then you can throw a party. A big one, with singing and dancing. And you can say it's because you finished reading the Torah because that's convenient but also you DID IT. You did so much healing. You did so much work. And there is always more to do, and you know that. But you get this. You get to dance. Because if you can't dance, who's gonna want your revolution?"
And G!d says:
Dance in ever-winding circles -
Dance with your history-
Dance with your scars-
dance with the smell of lambswool on your shoulders -
Dance with the torah, cradled in your arms -
dance with the clarinet, the drum and flute -
dance with the rabbi -
dance with the children running sugar wild--whirl them weightless -
dance with the elders -
dance with the person setting the food out and the one with the mop -
dance with the teenagers, slouched against the wall -
dance with your enemy -
dance in the center of the circle - your head flung back -
dance with the loves that hold you -
dance with the friends that buoy you -
dance with the struggle - the fight - the invisible night-wrestler -
dance with your triumph - you made it! you did!
From Dane Kuttler's The G!d Wrestlers, The Social Justice Warrior's Guide to the High Holy Days, Sept. 2015
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