As a year of great violence and mass suffering comes to a close, I recommend taking the time to slow down and read this honest, personal, and humble commentary by Mary Gaitskill.

I too have been uninformed for so long–and have been trying to steadily remedy this by reading history as told from various perspectives, including perspectives long suppressed.

Gaitskill’s commentary has opened up new readings for me to pursue, but I have been appreciating Ezra Klein’s nuanced podcast over the last two months, especially this conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous about the challenging moral choice to hold care for those both inside and outside of our tribes. I listened to it again yesterday and can’t recommend it enough.

I am currently reading The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine, by Rashid Khalidi, in tandem with The Prophets, by Abraham Heschel, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the nonviolent racial justice movement.

Wishing all beings peace and safety in the New Year. May all sentient beings know happiness and the root of happiness. May all sentient beings be free of suffering and the root of suffering.

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