This weekend collective memory will play a central role in our hearts as Americans and as Jews. As Americans, we will observe Veterans Day, a national holiday set aside for the remembrance and honor for our military and their families. As Jews, we will solemnly observe the 81st Anniversary of Kristallnact, “The Night of Broken Glass”, a moment in the history of our people that marked the beginning of the Holocaust. Each of these observances somberly help us recognize that honoring the past can help us in shaping human destiny.
This Friday night, as part of our Shabbat worship together, we will devote time for sacred remembrance and collectively reflect on how these two events in history have shaped our understanding of the human responsibility for the future. Through music, meditation and message, we will consider our freedoms and celebrate the fact that we live in a nation were tolerance and understanding sit at the foundation of our democracy.
L’Shalom – Steve