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I Am Not OK

This is a care post. To state it plainly:  I have been reserving the right to say “I am not OK.” And I’m not. This has been going on too long, and with no end in sight, I hold space for all of my flaws, uglies and rough edges to say, “I hate this.”

It feels good to let it all out. It feels good to admit that my life isn’t “Awesome.” It feels great to acknowledge just how great this isn’t. That’s about all that’s great.

I want to hear it.  And, Friday night (tomorrow), Open Temple creates a forum to SHARE OUR TRUTHS. I am personally inviting you into our OT Zoom Room during Shabbat Take Me Higher Services. Throughout the service, one at a time, we invite you to share a public check in.  I want to hear, in real time, how you are doing. And I will ask you to do this in front of a personally chosen background image that reflects how you are doing. Our minute or two together will give you the chance to express yourself, let us know why you chose that image and really, HOW YOU ARE doing.

Quarantine Shabbat: May 15, 2020 at 7 pm
Streaming on and Facebook Live 

Add your to members of our community listed below who are stepping into the service. If you agree to participate (and I hope you do!), send us an email now so that we can facilitate this for you.

Open Temple Ajae Clearway coined a great expression that I am adopting to describe this time we are living through:  “The Infinite Pause.” As we continue to experience this prolonged presence together, let’s share our humanity with the aspiration to make space for others to feel their own feelings as well. In a time of isolation, virtual reality and too much pain, let us build a container for community as best as we can through this time. A container filled with Creativity. Love. And Truth.

Wishing you love, sending you care, and holding space alongside you,

Quarantine Shabbat: May 15, 2020 at 7 pm
Zach Puchtel
Rafaelle Cohen
Ben Carroll
Joe Green
Idan Mayer
Jordana Reim
Kent Jenkins
Rabbi Lori
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