Our calendar starts our holiday season with Tisha B’av, a day dedicated to sadness and mourning and ends our season with the height of happiness, Simchat Torah. The vast majority of the time, our task is to exist somewhere in between those two ends of the cord.
#TorahForTheResistance in Parashat Tzav: we do ritual to hold space for the world's imperfection -- that's that point.
This week's Torah portion, Mishpatim, shows how justice and injustice can operate simultaneously in a colonial context. Perhaps it also reveals how injustice can be dismantled.
Jethro's advice to Moses to stand up while administering justice and to work with other judges is powerful advice for justice seekers in how to play with their edge. If we wish to pursue justice, we must be willing to stand up, while seeking others so that we are not overwhelmed by the load.