Parashat Terumah
February 16, 2018
1 Adar 5778

Candle lighting: 5:16 p.m.

Dear Friends:

Most of us enter this Shabbat with heavy hearts. We are grappling with the tragedy that unfolded this past week, where seventeen teachers and students were brutally  murdered at their school. In moments like these, there are no words that can bring comfort. All we can do is be there for one another, support each other through our anger and our grief. My door is open, should you want to talk.

Of course our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. But, being that this is the 18th school shooting in seven weeks, it should be abundantly clear to all of us, that thoughts and prayers are not enough.

Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. If we want something to change, we need to make a change.

As a rabbi, I will be praying, not just for the victims and their families, but for all of us. That we have the strength, wisdom and courage to act, so that we can break this insane cycle of hatred and violence. I pray that we can commit ourselves, through advocacy, education, awareness, and legislation, to fight policies and practices that will better protect the things in our lives that matter most.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat of comfort, and of peace.

Rabbi Josh
Shir Chadash: 6:15 p.m. 
Shabbat Services: 9:30 a.m.
Havdalah: 6:35 p.m.


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