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Monday, September 7, 2015

Elul 24 - by Rabbi Jim Bennett

In her poem “To Have Without Holding,” Marge Piercy reminds us that “Learning to love differently is hard. Love with the hands wide open, . . .”  “It hurts to love wide open,” she says. “It hurts to thwart the reflexes of grab, of clutch ; to love and let go again and again. . . , to love consciously,
conscientiously, concretely, constructively. . . , to have and not to hold, to love with minimized malice, hunger and anger moment by moment balanced.”

Piercy gives us pause during this month of Elul, reminding us that change is possible, even when it comes to love.  We have the chance, again and again, to free our grip and love without smothering, without clutching, without grabbing, to rebalance the give and take and simply be.  True love, of our children, of our partners, of ourselves, of each other, of God….all these allow for this recalibration of what we expect and what we give and what we get and how we hold and how we let go and, above all, of how we love.

Rabbi Jim Bennett

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