As someone who quite often dabbles in Jewish texts, I sometimes sense a feeling of fading, of crumbling away, of being lost in the infinitesimal nature of this world; the Bible and its amalgam of commentaries, the captivating world of our Sages, Philosophy, Kabbalah, Shulchan Aruch, modern thought, response literature, Shai Agnon, Sarit Hadad. The People of the Book are never at rest; we are always telling tales, countless, boundless tales.
When I went to law school back in 1999, I never heard the term "mass incarceration." Nor when I practiced law at my white-shoe law firm, defending mainly corporate clients in labor and employment cases. In fact, I didn't even have the faintest idea that the United States had the world's highest rate of incarceration with 2.2 million people - the majority of color - behind bars.