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Hatikvah

04/05/2022 09:34:18 AM

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This week, it was my honor to represent the Association of Rabbis and Cantors at the Academy of Jewish Religion's Senior Legacy gathering. The three Rabbinical candidates shared their individual and group wisdom, as they continue to cross the threshold towards their ordination this Thursday. It brought back poignant memories of that powerful time for my ordination class, and of the inspirational meetings I had attended every year that I was a Cantorial student.The takeaway was palpable. There is hope (tikvah), when such dedicated teachers, administrators, students, and supporters, come together each and every day, to nurture and shape the Rabbis and Cantors who will be serving the Jewish people, and, the world.

When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was asked when he was able to pray, while he was marching in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he replied with the now famous, "I prayed with my feet".  Heschel put his mind, spirit, and body into action, to help make a difference in the world.

At this writing, yesterday was the 54th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thrice chai. (three times 18, the numerical symbol of life), and in some ways, not enough has changed for the better. With atrocities in Ukraine, refugees trying desperately to find peace and a place they can call home, racial hatred and antisemitism stronger than ever,  it is easy to lose hope. So, I want you to know that there is always hope! As we start our preparations for observing Pesach (Passover), and our remembrance of the miracle of redemption from slavery, now, more than ever, we must focus on the helpers, the healers, the cooks from around the world, who have gone to Ukraine to feed those in need. These extraordinary people are "praying with their feet"!

Whether your davvenning (praying) is in the sanctuary or driving a car to deliver Meals on Wheels, keep the faith! Work towards redemption and peace! And, take another step alongside Rabbi Heschel and Dr. King (z"l-"may their memories be a blessing).

 

Tue, May 24 2022 23 Iyyar 5782