shaarei tefilah or why we ought to turn away from the gates

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open yourself to all the ways you are closed

for the gates only tremble when you close yourself to all the ways you believe you are open.

give to others by refusing to give of yourself,

for the gates only part when you quiet yourself to receive the expressed need of another

and at last, when the gates fully expand

face away.

because standing there
on the outskirts of righteousness
is a human being.

the true gateway.
whose profoundest pain
sets our gaze upon g-d.

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