Marc H. Wilson
MARC WILUDZANSKI-WILSON is a retired rabbi who writes from Greenville, South Carolina.

From fire-spittin’ passion to menschliche reason

FRIENDS:  What will it take – more rapes, infidelity, lies, crimes – to see him as a reprobate sinner, not a man who is one tiny step away from the crown of Messiah?

If You don’t believe me, spin to the higher numbers on the TV and hear the banging of hateful preachers, who veil themselves in a flimsy schmatte of “Christian love” as they declare his imminent advent.

Please do not quote me when we are still shaken by the reverberations of the God-filled prophet Elijah, who cursed the priests of Baal:

“Until when are you hopping between two ideas? If the Lord is God, go after Him, and if the Baal, go after him.” (I Kings 18:21).

Yet, there is enough dung to smear on all the claimants. Deep down, my plea is for all sides to start speaking with each other with a modicum of compassion and common cause.

Whoever leads us with kindness and coalescence will enable us to traverse the rocky path. A few of us – at least we who try to reach for the mantle of the Prophets – must forever call out for conciliation, despite as how goofy sounds.

Itty-biddy naïve jamokes like me must cajole others with the call to reason, humbly reaching for the tattered shmatte of peace, not war.  We must, like my role model Isaiah, calmly plead, “Come now, and let us reason together.”

Someone of us naïve jamokes must take on Isaiah’s prophecy, or else we will surely perish, first in spirit, then body and blood.

Who else would join in us to naively take a chance on the other path?  You need not be a prophet, just one of his/her disciples.

RABBI MARC WILSON (Moshe Chayim Wiludzanski) writes from Greenville, SC.

About the Author
Marc Wilson is a rabbi and activist, serving congregations for four decades. He lives in Greenville, SC, and is blessed with a compassionate wife and the 14 smartest grandchildren ever. He especially loves being with family, teaching Torah, and cooking a competitive kosher gumbo. Marc is especially passionate about inclusive Yiddishkeit and the long, strange trip his life has been. He considers his greatest achievement the seven years he cared for his homebound parents. Contact Wiludi (Rabbi Marc) at