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We find ourselves at a moment where unbounded hate and fear seem to be unleashed in the world. Right now, as Jews, we are a target. Sadly, the cycle of hate continues. Hate and fear are irrational. So how to we combat it?

This is not a moment for wringing our hands, nor is prayer enough. 

Instead of a mitzvah of the week, I make the following request that after reading the community letter below, we look for the sparks of light wherever we may find them. That may seem like a difficult ask as we feel threatened, but right now, more than ever, standing together with all of our neighbors is what matters. As always, I turn to Hillel’s dicta: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” Now is a time to stand together with all of our neighbors and do the work that needs doing.

The sparks of light may be difficult to find, but it is our task to do so -- one that is not just a mitzvah for the week but going forward.

Click HERE to read the Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership's (RJCP's)
statement on the recent rise of anti-Semitism.

Tue, June 6 2023 17 Sivan 5783