Abandon all fear.
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
There is an ugly truth we'd rather not face, a hate that is alive and well and growing in America.
Face it we must. They are coming for our children. They are coming for our old ones. They are coming for our neighbors. Day Schools, JCC's, religious communities, Jewish Children's Museums, immigrants, Muslims, Jews.
Who is "they," you ask? Look around you. Anyone not actively advocating for and working to ensure the safety of every person is complicit. "Willing executioners" is a frighteningly big category. As Elie Wisel taught, "The opposite of hate is not love. The opposite of hate is indifference."
Friends, we will read the Purim story this Saturday night with recognition. With resilience, with determination. "The whole world is a very narrow bridge," taught Rav Nachman of Bratslav. He closed by showing us all the way forward: "The essential thing is to have no fear. None at all."
Abandon all fear. Enter these new gates, hand in hand, heart in heart. We will fight for our children, for our old ones, for our neighbors.
We shall overcome.