Thanks to Robin Braverman and Caroline Taymor on behalf of the CNS Ritual Committee, Sofer Zerach Greenfield visited Netivot Shalom on May 7 and conducted a complete inspection of our Torahs, discovering that two of them needed extensive repairs.
One of these precious Torahs, a permanent loan to Netivot Shalom from the family of Pat Hellman and Steve Gottlieb, once belonged to Pat's mother z"l. Pat and her sister have graciously offered to cover the expenses of the repair of their mother's Torah. Their family's contribution to our Jewish communal life is as precious as, well, Torah!
This means that we now have the opportunity to help us repair our other Torah that required approximately $2,000 of repairs. If you would like to be a support our Torah's repair, please be in touch with me directly at email@example.com.
Once the Torah's have made their ways back home, repaired and ready for use, we will hold a special re-dedication, where we'll do some good old Jewish learning and share in the celebration together. More on this soon.
For all we each do to build Netivot Shalom's holy community: Todah, Todah, Todah!
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&…