“Love, together with kindness”


It’s September 11th, nearly Shabbat, and two days from the Jewish New Year, and my mind keeps wandering back to something Coleman Barks wrote as he introduced the poetry of Rumi, a devout Muslim, to readers of every faith and culture: 

Love, together with kindness, is the religion that we must learn to practice more and more deeply, in all the many ways that there are to love.

Barks, Coleman. Rumi: Soul Fury 2014. HarperCollinsPublishers. iBooks. (emphasis in original).

May our religions, whatever they may be, foster in us an ability to be more loving and kind toward those we encounter, so that one day all people might see and honor the Unity that underlies the beautiful diversity within humanity . . . 

  Shabbat shalom, jen