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Despair is a feeling. Feelings pass.

Riding the waves that come when I read or think of environmental degradation, the continuing objectification of women as sex servants/servant wives and of people as consumers or slaves,

I pause.

I know I have power within me, and in my connection to others. This oppressive system and its actors will not kill my spirit.

Behold: I continue to live, love, learn, pray, move energy, and do magic for the good and for healing! Are you with me? I smile as I ask that, and I hold out my hand. Here we are, like our ancestors before. We are alive and no one is gonna stop us. Everything we do has a impact.

I believe in us. Let’s keep riding the waves.

Marni Ashirah Rothman

Sat, 24 November 2018 / 16th of Kislev, 5779 Parashat Vayishlach

וַיֹּ֗אמֶר לֹ֤א יַעֲקֹב֙ יֵאָמֵ֥ר עוֹד֙ שִׁמְךָ֔ כִּ֖י אִם־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל כִּֽי־שָׂרִ֧יתָ עִם־אֱלֹהִ֛ים וְעִם־אֲנָשִׁ֖ים וַתּוּכָֽל׃ 

Said he, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob/Grasping One, but Israel/Engager with Power, for you have striven with beings divine and human, and have prevailed.”