“Maybe our paths will cross
when this universe folds in and makes another.
Maybe, at the point when all that is and all that’s ever been, collapses into everything else and is remade,
our paths will cross, however briefly, and
our terminus become a junction.
It may be a long shot. I will take it
and hope and trust that our paths cross again.” -Epilogue, by Oliver Tearle
I recently came across this poem and, although it is few in words, it speaks volumes about journeys, relationships, and connections. Nine years ago, Moshe and I arrived in Atlanta, freshly married, and excited for the adventure ahead.
What an adventure it has been. The most profound moments have been sharing Jewish connection with you, through music, through text, study, song, b’nai mitzvah, baby namings, funerals, weddings. Living the Jewish cycle of life and the Jewish calendar through you and with you has been a deep and humbling privilege. You have placed yourselves into my hands and my care. This; those moments we have shared are precious gifts from you that I will treasure always.
I do not believe that Oliver Tearle is Jewish, but the universe in which he writes takes me back to God’s inception, and the inception of our earthly sphere. Some might say that over and over again, in each succeeding moment, our universe folds in unto itself and creates another in less than mere moments. I believe that to be true, and if it is, then that surely guarantees that at least some of our paths will cross again. I certainly hope so.
I hope to see many of you tomorrow night as we celebrate my nine-year tenure here in Atlanta. There will be lots of music, special guests, and of course delicious treats. Bonus will be selfies with me and with Moshe!
Whether you are present virtually or in person, or we have already said goodbye, please know that I love each of you, and have truly loved being your cantor.
B’Shira, In Song,
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