Praying for Quiet
A Zissen Pesach and pre-Shabbat Shalom - and a reminder that our office is closed on Wed and Thurs for the final two days of the holiday, but we are very much open for services at 10 both mornings (in person and on Zoom), including Yizkor on Thursday.
Today's Yediot Achronot newspaper in Israel had an unusual greeting in their festival edition (see above, top left, circled in yellow, above the headline that states that Netanyahu reversed his decision to fire the defense minister). It says,"We wish our readers and all the House of Israel a Joyous and QUIET Holiday." Who wants a quiet holiday - that is unless obnoxious Uncle Joe is coming to dinner? That particular and unusual choice of words pretty much says it all, about how we are marking time these days. If we can't have peace, let us at least have quiet. We are praying for quiet.
This month is all about marking time. This week's Shabbat-O-Gram comes out on Tuesday, before the final two days of Pesach, as we will be shifting gears very quickly from the end of the holiday on Thursday night to Shabbat the next day and then to Yom Hashoah a few days later. Throw in Tax Day, Patriots Day (for Bostonians like me) and Earth Day.
We also are marking time with the counting of the Omer, which began on the second night of Passover and continues to Shavuot. All of this while the world continues to be a very dangerous place, and in our daily lives we are marking time in terror attacks and protest rallies in Israel - and here, mass gun killings,
The Hebrew headline below cries out "Terror Attack" and shows photos of two Israeli sisters, Maia and Rina Dee (15 and 20) who were killed in a roadside shooting (their mother also died), and an Italian tourist killed in a car ramming in Tel Aviv. Maia and Rina's father, a British rabbi, who spoke passionately about the need to avoid moral equivalence between terrorists and victims:
“Religions believe that we have the power to differentiate between good and bad… I am saddened that recently, maybe over the past 20 years of my life, this innate ability to differentiate between good and evil has gradually been lost from humanity,” he said. “That’s why I wish to designate the 10th of April as Dee’s Day. Today we differentiate between good and evil, right and wrong.”
Still, despite the attacks reaching into the heart of Tel Aviv, the weekly protests against the proposed judicial coup continue, as can be seen at the bottom of that front page. A quarter of a million people turned out, even though it was in the midst of a festival and a "pause" in the legislative process.
Below the Hebrew front page, the heartbreaking photo from Monday's English edition of Ha'aretz is of the Dee family at the funeral. Click on each front page for pdf.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., there have been 377 school shootings since Columbine and 470 children between 0 and 17 killed in shootings just this year.
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