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November 2016

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 2:16pm -- Rabbi

Memorial Day flagsOn this Veteran's Day we remember the hard work and sacrifice of those who have taken up arms in the service of this country.  Soldiers and sailors, pilots and marines, these men and women fought to preserve not only the democratic system of government we cherish but also the vision of pluralism and respect for difference that has always made this country great.  At a time of immense division and disunity in our country, we should be humbled by the bravery and selflessness of those who have served it with honor.  No matter where we fall across the political spectrum, we all need to recommit ourselves to the highest aspirations for our country and for the immense diversity of people who live here.  May connection overcome division.  May love overcome hatred.  May hope overcome despair.  And may the vision of a country united not in spite of its diversity but because of it continue to inspire us to move forward.

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Fri, 11/04/2016 - 4:28pm -- Rabbi

As we reach the end of this long and tumultuous election season, I wanted to share with you this prayer from the Rabbinical Assembly that reminds us of the awesome power of voting and asks God for guidance and insight as we make the weighty decisions before us.

אַתָּה חוֹנֵן לָאָדָם דַּעַת וּמְלַמֵּד לֶאֱנוֹשׁ בִּינָה

Adonai, You grant us knowledge, and teach us understanding

Help us to recognize the gift of our vibrant and open democracy and the responsibility to nurture it.

Strengthen us to take our duties as citizens seriously, to hold in our minds and our hearts all that is at stake in this election and to fulfill our obligations with integrity

May we discern Your Divine presence and amplify Your teachings through our actions and commitments.

Remind us of the goodness and diversity of the United States of America.
May we strive to care about those with whom we disagree as dearly as we care about our own ideals.

Guide our hands to reach out to one another, certain in the truth
that what unites us is greater than anything that divides us.

חָנֵּנוּ מֵאִתָּך דֵּעָה בִינָה וְהַשְכֵּל
May you grace us with knowledge, understanding and discernment

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