Community Blog Rabbi Gray Myrseth

Shemot / Ignition

Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight.
Why is the bush not consumed by its burning?” (Exodus 3:3)

God’s memory burns in capital letters
and your doubt is the kindling its
million mouths reach for.
The generations in your blood
are a coral necklace,
each bead worn blunt
by grinding years,
desert blush riding high
on the surface.

Your clothed feet, your naked questions
can take you to the edge
but they have to stop there.
The yawning fissure,
its ragged depth.

You have to step forward alone,
and when you face
the flames,
history disappears.

You are alone in your body,
and the unfurled tongue of God
runs up its impossible length.

Gray-Myrseth-photo.100pxRabbi Gray Myrseth was ordained in 2017 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College  in Newton, MA, and is currently serving as School Director at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, CA.

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