These days have been so strange. We have gathered for Purim in the aftermath of the mosque shootings in Christchurch. We have read the Megillah, even an edited version hints at seemingly gratuitous violence by the Persian Jews. And of course we read of the fear of being recognized as Jews. Esther did not reveal her people or her kindred, for Mordecai had told her not to reveal it. Esther the name Esther even means hidden. The symbolism is not lost. Sylvia Barack Fishman suggests the way Esther negotiates her position in the royal household and her relationship with the king models diaspora living for Jewish groups and indeed all minority groups. That is not the message many of us want to take from the Book of Esther, particularly now. We read these megillot books celebrate these festivals and insist on a fresh way to understand and make meaning from them.
21st of Adar II, 5779
Finchley Progressive Synagogue
Sun, August 16 26 Av Fueled by the murder and other acts of harm and indignity toward people of color, there is renewed focus on engaging our communities in direct conversations about systemic racism. Now is the time for our Temple community to join in this deeply meaningful dialogue and, by calling on our foundational Reform Jewish values of justice and dignity for all, lead the call for substantial change. Leviticus teaches us not to stand idly by the blood of our neighbors. Our Jewish obligation for pikuach nefesh, saving lives, compels us to work together to ensure safety, justice and dignity for all. Just because we march together in support of Black lives does not mean we see eye-to-eye on Israel with everyone in the movement. This perspective is shared by our own clergy. At this watershed moment for our country, they support Black Lives Matter and the placing of a sign at Temple.
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