The Palm and the Fist
by Rita Roth
“The fist was once the palm of an open hand.”
The clenched fist, a symbol of
hatred, holds a gesture of acceptance!
I could never strike my heart with
my fist at Yom Kippur. Why must we
hate ourselves to prove repentance?
Until I caught and held this thought:
No self-hate required--the fist
at your heart opens the palm
of the Eternal One.