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Tree of Life:  Still in Our Hearts (November 2018)

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 2-1/2 weeks since the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are still reeling and trying to determine where we are going and what to do in its aftermath, as a congregation and as American Jews.

The response from our neighbors has been remarkable and very affirming. The day after, many of us were at a community-wide prayer gathering at Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester. The sanctuary/social hall was packed, and representatives from a number of faith groups offered prayers and words of solidarity with our community.

Similarly, the service at B’nai Shalom this past Shabbat was incredible. The outpouring from the town of Westborough and Westborough Connects, reflected by the people who spoke as well as on the faces in the capacity crowd was encouraging and uplifting. It is a very good feeling to know that we are not alone.

I leave you with this video of an incredible young man from the Tree of Life congregation. There is a Hebrew expression, “Acharon acharon haviv,” or, roughly translated, “Last but not least,” or “Save the best for last.” I cannot think of a better way to end a message about a difficult, serious and painful subject than on such a positive note. This guy is truly inspiring!

 

Sat, December 15 2018 7 Tevet 5779