“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
—Stride Toward Freedom, 1958
Yesterday, we sent a message of solidarity from our partners in the Masorti Israel Movement as we all seek a more just, more equal and, more compassionate society.
Here and in Israel, we strive to do as we’re famously commanded in Deuteronomy:
“Justice, Justice you shall pursue.”
We shared comments from a moving talk given by our friend Rabbi Aaron Weininger of the Adath Jeshurun synagogue in Minneapolis. He spoke of the need to vigorously fight the pandemic of racism. That we must: “call out the injustice of white supremacy…that we are clear and unambiguous about this current moment of justice that calls us to rise in peace…that we remember how to dismantle the systems of racism that have brought us to this point and that we turn to our allies and we ourselves in the Jewish community serve as allies and witnesses of the moment…We call out to one another: ‘Justice, Justice may each of us pursue.'”
We got requests from many of you for a link to the full talk and thought we’d send it out now. Click here to view it.
May George Floyd, and all the other victims of institutional racism, be remembered for a blessing.
And may we all, as we seek to continue to pursue justice, fine true peace and a Shabbat Shalom.