- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On May 21, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE.
My phone caught my attention right in the middle of dinner: a cease-fire after 11 long days of bloodshed, victims in the cross fire, and complex and difficult situations and circumstances. The path to peace is a fragile and jagged series of circumstances with no easy solutions. We delude ourselves if we assume simple resolution.
Just a few hours earlier, the evening minyan gathering offered these words as part of the Amidah section of the service. The moment felt prescient.
AND TURN in compassion to Jerusalem, Your city. May there be peace in her gates, quietness in the hearts of her inhabitants. Let Your Torah go forth from Zion and Your word from Jerusalem. Blessed is Adonai, who gives peace to Jerusalem. (Mishkan T’filah for weekdays).
It is a blessing worth considering.
The desire for compassion, the possibility for peace to cross over the threshold and for calm in the hearts of her inhabitants whoever they may be sets an intention of what could and should happen.
The image of the Torah going forth from Zion is powerful and a summons. We cannot underestimate the importance of the values of righteousness and morality the Torah carries and points toward as it goes forth. We cannot ignore the humanity of the victims of those who have died. The divine word speaks of the value of human life, of care and kindness rather than disregard. The language conveyed in the translation acknowledges that each of us has the power to allow it. Torah and divinity cannot go forward without human agency.
I encourage you to read this statement sent out from our national Reform organization, Union for Reform Judaism, by its President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs. It deepens our understanding and resolve that a peaceful future could be possible.
We pray that those involved in the peace negotiations have the wisdom and courage to make it so.
- Join us for Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate our Religious School students and staff. 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.
- Tot Rock Shabbat gathers HERE at 5:00 p.m.
- 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 in person at 10:00 a.m.
- Join the Clergy for Havdalah at 8:00 p.m. HERE.