A Note From Rabbi Raina Siroty
Those who stormed the Capitol yesterday were not interested in peace. They shamed themselves not because of what they believe but because of what they did.
Peace, real peace and acceptance takes effort. It takes a measure of risk, putting ourselves in an uncomfortable position that makes us vulnerable and, sometimes, unpopular. It is about creating a more perfect union - a more perfect union for our country and between each other. Only we as individuals can actively reach out and literally create the bridge that leads to peace.
In our prayer book Mishkan T’filah, we have this beautiful prayer for our country:
O Guardian of life and liberty,
may our nation always merit Your protection.
Teach us to give thanks for what we have
by sharing it with those who are in need.
Keep our eyes open to the wonders of creation,
and alert to the care of the earth.
May we never be lazy in the work of peace;
may we honor those who have died in defense of our ideals.
Grant our leaders wisdom and forbearance.
May they govern with justice and compassion
Help us all to appreciate one another,
and to respect the many ways that we may serve You.
May our homes be safe from affliction and strife,
and our country be sound in body and spirit.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 6pm for Shabbat.
L' Shalom, Rabbi Raina