September 10, 2021 • Volume 18 No. 11
A thought on this Shabbat Shuvah, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. A time to ask – where are we at?

In order to change our ways for the better in the coming year, we must first come to grips, as I mentioned in my Rosh Hashanah sermon - with where we are at today. Most are afraid to do that because we are afraid of the answer, which could profoundly alter the lives we are living. So we don’t ask ourselves that question. It takes a lot of moral courage and guts to look at ourselves, not as we wish we were, but as we really are.

That is the question which begs to be answered today, as individuals and as a nation. As I am sure all of us remember where we were that fateful day of September 11th, 2001, when the unthinkable happened, and those planes hit the Twin Towers – and America lost its innocence. That morning, as a police chaplain on a local and state level, I immediately started to make my way downtown – that evening, I conducted the first interfaith service of unity, solidarity, and mourning with Congressman Gary Ackerman and faith leaders of every stripe and from every corner of New York City. And then few days later, I conducted Rosh Hashanah services at Ground Zero.

It was a time of profound tragedy, and at the same time, unity of purpose, vision and hope, as we joined as Americans, together, heart to heart.

By contrast, today we find ourselves a nation divided against itself, where instead of finding unity in our diversity, as we did twenty years ago, we demonize and vilify those who are, and think, and hold beliefs and opinions different than our own. We have forgotten how to disagree agreeably, and as a result, many have strayed from the derech – the path – that has made America the envy of the world, the beacon of democracy.

This Shabbat Shuvah, this Sabbath of Repentance, of turning, beckons us as a nation and as individuals to return to that derech – that path leading to our best selves. To erase the pandemic of hate on a national and global level, and replace it with the vaccine labeled “love thy neighbor as thyself – for I am the Lord, Your God.” This is surely what God wants from us. It is not easy to do, but it can be done.

Shanah tovah,
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum
Shabbat Services / Events: Friday, Saturday
Friday, September 10

10:30 am: Kehillah Shabbat via ZOOM

5:45 pm: Shabbat Welcome & Refreshments. Service to follow in-person and via ZOOM (Meeting ID: 885 5732 2368, Passcode: 7wW055) and via Livestream
Saturday, September 11

9:00 am Shabbat Morning Blessings/Torah Study in-person and via ZOOM (Meeting ID: 853 3548 4859, Passcode: 58QLMa) only. No Livestream.
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Meet Rabbi Jay, and Continue the Journey
If you want to host a Meet and Greet, or attend one, please contact one of the three of us. We have been tasked with helping ease the Congregation through this new journey and want and need your input to do so in the best way possible. Please share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with us as to how we can better move forward.
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Once Upon an Apple Cake, by Elana Rubinstein. This book is missing from our library. If you have borrowed this copy please sign the card at the back of the book and leave it for the librarian at the front desk. 

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