- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On April 9, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat.
As we come off of Yom Hashoah this past Thursday, a day of remembering, commemorating, and marking the Holocaust, we are summoned to hold its lessons with us each day. Elie Wiesel was one who bore witness and recognized how silence led to catastrophic death and destruction. In the introduction to his book, One Generation After, he shared this story:
“One of the Just Men came to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin and punishment. Night and day he walked the streets and markets preaching against greed and theft, falsehood and indifference. In the beginning, people listened and smiled ironically. Then they stopped listening: he no longer even amused. them. The killers went on killing, the wise kept silent, as if there were no Just Man in their midst.
One day a child, moved by compassion for the unfortunate preacher, approached him with these words. ‘Poor stranger. You shout, you expend yourself body and soul; don’t you see that it is hopeless?’
‘Yes, I see,’ answered the Just Man.
‘Then why do you go on?’
‘I’ll tell you why. In the beginning I thought I could change [people]. Today, I know cannot. If I still shout today, if I still scream, it is to prevent [people] from ultimately changing me”
We continue to learn that silence leads to indifference and inaction. When those standing at the door to their building turn their backs on violence against an Asian woman, there is silence. When Duxbury football players use terms like Auschwitz to name their plays on the football field, that is silence. When leaders, mentors, teachers allow hate and bias, that, too is silence. To honor those who perished, whose lives were stolen from them, we can still expend ourselves, our bodies and souls to shout, to scream and to ensure that we do not remain silent.
- Join us at 6:00 p.m. for Qabbalat Shabbat. 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.
- Tonight at 5:00 p.m. our littlest congregants join for Tot Rock Shabbat. Join us on Zoom here.
- 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. Join us on Zoom here.
- Join the Clergy for Havdalah at 8:00 p.m. HERE.