Joel Gerwein, "Counting the Omer: Fusing Nature and History"
Refuah Shleima and Yahrzeits
Refuah Shleima: A complete healing to Dina Beck, Caroline Chamberlain, Helene Garber, Toby Gidal, Samuel Gold, Sheldon Koiles, Florence Leffler, Chloe Lipton, Cristofer Lix, Estelle Macy, Laurie Marson, Helene Rosov, Matt Ruppel, William Steinbaugh, Bernarda Strauss, Tree Gelb Stuber, Karen Weiner, Mindy Zacks, Yehudah ben Rachel, Yehudah Tsvi ben Tsipora, Miriam Simcha bat Chaya, and Sara Ita bas Raizel Bella
Yahrzeits include: Alexander Bolding, Mark Brass, Shirley Fain, David Goldman, Kurt Irwin, Richard Jaeger, Lion Koppman, Rose Silver Krone, Deborah Richmond Maccoby, Arthur Radwin, Sadie Samet Rice, Hermine Rosin, and Celia Ruth Tolmach
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…