The local mosque invited the entire community and everybody came: the place was packed, every chair was full, folks stood against the wall and sat on the floor. An abundant buffet of food was served first, and people of all ages and communities mingled. The Colorado attorney general spoke, insisting that it was the job of his office to make sure that ALL were protected by the law of the land, and offering help wherever needed. An older American woman in hijab spoke on her experience of Islam as the wife of a Muslim and a convert. A local imam, born and raised in the US, replaced some current myths and misinformation with a more accurate representation of Islam. They explained custom, spoke of their experiences, opened themselves to questions, and were so very hospitable, intelligent, informative and accessible that they won the hearts of the visitors. And for their part, the visitors were very eager to learn, to make friends, to join in a unified energy to protect this currently vulnerable community in our midst.
Then a round of errands, and then the return home to receive (for just a night) the visit of Netanel, who had flown out from the East Coast to teach for the weekend at Colorado College.
It has been a full, rich day.
I can feel my life morphing into a different shape, retrieving parts of me and skills I had let go, and rearranging them. I am being asked to teach again in a variety of contexts, and find I am interested. I am having to see how many parts of me I had put in deep storage for years in order to be able to do what was, to me, of the most importance during those years: keeping my beloved alive and as well as possible. I do not know which of my re-assembled parts will be functional or of any current value, and which will climb out moth-eaten and best laid to rest. I feel almost a physical disorientation when I contemplate all that is re-emerging, all that is receding.
And all this is going on at the same time that our country's political life induces severe vertigo and cannot be ignored.
Oy: what interesting times.