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From the Desk of R' Rosenbaum: November 2018

Dear Friends:

I’m writing this mere days after the worst anti-Semitic act in American history. The horrific murder of 11 people at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday has shaken all of us to the core. We will never forget those who were victimized by such hatred. 

In spite of this, we have been taught from a very young age to still try to be thankful of our blessings. This isn’t easy to do after tragedies, especially ones of this magnitude. Yet we are challenged to find the good in life even when surrounded by the bad. 

So as our minds turn to Thanksgiving, I’d like to offer a few words of thanks of my own: 

-I’m thankful to live in a city where religious institutions of all kinds can come together both for happy and sad times. 

-I’m thankful that our synagogue is filled with kind, concerned, and generous people who are willing to lend a hand those in need. 

-I’m thankful that our local law enforcement cares deeply about the safety and well-being of everyone who walks through our doors. 

-I’m thankful that Judaism cares equally about healing and about finding ways to continue our sacred tasks in spite of danger and potential risk. 

-I’m thankful to live in a country which still has laws that value the freedom to observe diverse religions safely and securely. 

None of the above erases our sadness and sense of loss, but they do make it easier to function normally, and to feel that there still is hope. 

In that spirit, I hope that, if you’re in town, you’ll join me the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Charleston Interreligious Council’s Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service. I will participate briefly in this gathering, and the main message will be offered by our very own Dr. Michael Kogan. (You can find the details in the graphic above.) It’s an opportunity to remember that, especially when we extend ourselves, we can be embraced by so many in the wider community, just for being who we are. And it’s an opportunity to extend that same message to others. So I hope you’ll join me then, in the spirit of gratitude. 

Thu, November 15 2018 7 Kislev 5779