Compassion, kindness, love and peace are messy. We cannot always control the human heart. We take risks without understanding the consequences. When things go wrong, that’s where the hard work begins.
“This poem will be my witness,” says God to Moshe (Deut. 31:19). Here, God refers to a poem predicting future events: Israelites stray from God, find devastation, and return to a nurturing God. In what sense can a poem be a witness? Clearly, not in the way a person who experiences an event can be a witness. A poem is not a person, and not the subject of an experience. […]