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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg @TheRaDR
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People are still confused about this.

Rabbi Waskow intended to be arrested. It was a planned act of civil disobedience. He's been standing up for justice for 50-plus years, and he has no intention of letting the fact that he's 85 and needs a cane stop him.

He's an inspiration.
Again, I can confirm that he meant to do this. I'm very close with his daughter & she and I were chatting about this arrest yesterday. He's got a rap sheet that's miles long. He's also the guy behind the 1969 Freedom Seder washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-f… & he's got some wonderful Torah.
I first met Rabbi Waskow in 2001, when he organized a retreat for young Jewish social justice activists. Back in the day there was something in a void, he didn't see any supports for emerging leadership, so he created some.
Now there are tons of Jewish cohorts & fellowships of various types around, but then--not so much. It was a game-changing weekend for a lot of us--the first time that a lot of us lined up our political and spiritual and social lives, and saw a new possibility for what can be.
A lot of us now are rabbis, executive directors, organizers, helping to lead stuff in the community. And I think for a lot of us, that first spark of empowerment and possibility.
Leadership is about seeing what isn't, and what can be, and bringing that into being.

Obviously there are a lot of different models of leadership, and a lot of places leaders can stand viz the community, but maybe at its essence, it's that.
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