- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On April 30, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.
We can’t make history go away. Eventually it returns as a reckoning or worse as a reoccurrence someplace else but with the same purpose. The same is true with genocide. With the intentional and strategic campaign of extermination of a group of people, race or cultural group, it is right to call it more than murder. It is genocide.
The Armenian people have suffered without the recognition that they were targeted for the exact reason that they were Armenian. Naming it as genocide is what they deserve. They will never get back the lives lost and the generations that would have followed. And yet the Armenians have persevered, but they should not have to do this alone.
We cannot repair if we aren’t willing to recognize the brokenness. We cannot make it right if we refuse to see the wrong. We cannot heal if we aren’t willing to feel the pain we have caused. We can’t rely on the victims themselves to right a wrong. It takes the conscious effort of the community. It takes courageous leadership.
When President Biden honored and remembered the victims murdered in 1915 by the Ottoman empire and named the atrocities against the Armenian people as genocide, he broke open what had been closed to the Armenian community: recognition and respect for what happened to them.
No community should have to rectify the egregious acts perpetuated upon them alone. It takes the human community to stand up and speak out for and with one another. Let us call these deliberate killings for what they are and not make convoluted efforts to hide behind excuses.
Each step and each effort shared and spoken by the greater community will help to let some of the healing begin.
- Join us at 6:00 p.m. for Qabbalat Shabbat as we welcome Ambassador Meron Reuben, the new Consul General of Israel. We can pray together HERE on the Temple Israel website, or HERE on Zoom, or even HERE on TI’s Facebook page. Or, just find it all on the website www.tisrael.org/TogetherWithTI.
- Join the Riverway team for Shabbat Re-Charge. Join on Zoom here, or Facebook Live.
- Torah Study will begin at 9:00 a.m. To join the conversation interactively, access Zoom HERE. You can also watch HERE on Temple Israel’s website or HERE on TI’s Facebook page.
- Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat takes place at 10:00 a.m. live in the garden.
- Join the Clergy for Havdalah at 8:00 p.m. HERE.