Rabbinic Thoughts: Plaques at My Feet

Temple of Aaron,
Over the last week I was in Venice Italy celebrating a Bar Mitzvah of a congregant. As I walked through the streets I found myself free; as a Jew and as a human being. I thought about my freedom in light of stories about anti-Semitism in Europe. Right before we arrived at the Jewish Ghetto I looked down at my feet and saw these two gold plates (seen in picture). I thought about how quickly freedom can fade away and even worse how quickly life can be taken.

This week, as a country, we mourn the losses in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We pray for their families and communities. This entire year has been filled with so much hate, murder, and pain. As clergy we are saddened. As people we are numb. And yet we need to keep fighting through the horror to make a better world for our children, to bring hope to the forefront, and heal endless wounds.

Below is a link to the Rabbinical Assembly website with some modes of action.

We want to end by stating that we are not only praying for those wounded, both physically and emotionally, but we are also praying for our government to come together. We pray they have the foresight to envision appropriate changes needed in our society. We pray they act with urgency. We pray they help bring this country together and work towards a healthier and safer future.

Rabbi Jeremy Fine, Rabbi Micah Miller and Cantor/Educator Joshua Fineblum