I will be in Israel for the next few weeks, helping my family set up for our sabbatical there before returning to Philadelphia to prepare for the High Holidays. Israel has preoccupied many of our thoughts in the last month, and reports of renewed attacks from Gaza this morning have heightened our feelings of fear, frustration, anger, and pain. Rabbi Lewis and I have spoken with many of you about this difficult situation and the complicated emotions and reactions it raises in us. Several people have suggested that it might be helpful to form a small group, with rabbinic facilitation, to provide a safe space for those who would like to explore their reactions with the support of community. We would like to provide this pastoral service to the congregation if there is interest. If you would like to be part of such a group, please be in touch with Rabbi Lewis. May all of our prayers for peace be answered.