These past few weeks have been a whirlwind with the recent presidential election. Coincidentally, we find ourselves sandwiched between two very different Torah portions – last week the story of Noah and the flood and this week Lech Lecha, when Abraham is told to leave his home and wander and that he will become a great nation. The transition between Noah and Lech Lecha is a transition in tone from chaos to calm. And so must we transition as we move forward. How do we welcome the calm in our community and our nation? And how do we welcome the conversation to engage in civility and justice?
We can acknowledge and honor that people have reacted differently to this election and yet view the path forward through our collective Jewish lens. Jewish tradition compels us to act and to be engaged in civic life. Pulling from the story of Abraham – one that welcomed all, even the stranger – let us consider how to build bridges, authentic relationships, with people from other ethnic and faith groups. Let us consider our fundamental value of Tzedek – Justice – for all.
Today, tomorrow, and for many days and years to come, Jewish Federation & Family Services will continue to build on the values that make our country great – and the Jewish values that guide our sacred work in service of our community, Israel and people in need around the world.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,
P.S. This is the first of periodic messages I’ll be sharing with our community, contemplating contemporary issues and reflecting upon communal conversations. I look forward to hearing from you along the way as well so that we can, together, do the extraordinary.