Thoughts, Prayers and the Surge in Anti-Semitism

My Shabbat Message for May 28, 2021
Thoughts, Prayers and the Surge in Anti-Semitism

Dear Friends,

The weather has turned warmer. The trees are full and the flowers have blossomed. At this moment, it is a bit chilly but the windows are open. After months inside, the fresh air is more than a welcomed guest, it is a lifeline. And we are increasingly able to be together without (or to be fair, with less) fear for ourselves and one another.

There is so much to celebrate at this moment but, at least for me, much of this positivity has been dulled by the recent surge in anti-semitic incidents. Between May 7 and May 14 the hashtag #Hitlerwasright appeared more than 17,000 times on Twitter, and it has been accompanied by a similarly shocking rise in the number of anti-semitic incidents taking place.

I am sad. I am concerned. But I …

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Shabbat Shalom, May 21, 2021

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Join us for Shabbat in the Lot (masked please) or on Zoom this evening at 6pm. During services tonight we will hear from, and celebrate, our 10th grade Confirmands. Those of you worshipping via Zoom can download the service handout here.


 

Dear Friends,

I want to be a bit more personal in my Shabbat Message this week. Instead of looking at a verse of Torah or a teaching from the Talmud, I want to offer a window into some of my inner conflict, interspersed with the words from a powerful Op Ed by Kenneth Jacobson, ADL’s Deputy National Director. (You can read the piece in its entirety here.)

I love Israel. Since my first trip to Israel at the age of 13, it has held a special place in my heart and in my soul. When I am there, I feel a deeper connection to our …

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