By Jay Smith
Hello from sunny Miami! Keshet staff are here to plan for the year ahead, flex our strategic and creative muscles, and strengthen our relationships to one another.
Being in Florida is, unfortunately, bittersweet. As I enjoy the company, warm air, and beachside views, I can’t help but remember that as beautiful as this landscape is, Florida leaders are failing my queer and trans siblings. And I’m reminded that this is not just happening in Florida, but also in many other places in our country. It almost feels wrong to bask in the sunshine when there is so much work to be done.
In this week’s Torah portion, Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro, questions why Moses is doing so much by himself. He says to Moses:
“[What you are doing] is not right, you will surely wear yourself out, and these people as well. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” (Exodus 18: 17-18)
What wisdom. As I read this ancient text, I can’t help but feel a little called out. I have put too heavy a burden on myself. I deserve this little slice of sunshine, and so do my teammates. I owe it to myself to take time to just be, and then tomorrow, together with my community, I will resume the work.
I am so grateful that here, with my Keshet family, I am never fighting alone.