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A message from Rabbi Yael Splansky

In the wake of this week’s news of rocket attacks against Tel Aviv, horrific massacres at two mosques in New Zealand, and daily reports of growing anti-semitism everywhere, we ask: “How can we combat such hatred? What can I do?” Here are two responses:

Next Friday, March 22 at 1:00 pm the Holy Blossom Temple Community will form a Ring of Peace around the Imdadul Islamic Centre, to bring comfort and stand in solidarity against hatred.

2 for Seder. This year, include two non-Jews who have never been to a seder before. Let them hear the Pesach narrative of marching “from degradation to praise.” Let them experience the joy of the Feast of Freedom. And let them join us in the commitment to check the plagues of indifference, callousness, and hatred with threaten the world we share. Invite your friends from work or the neighbourhood. If you are looking for a good match, let us know and we can help.  Click here to learn more about 2 for Seder.

 

Oh people of conscience,
Cry out.
Cry out against arrogance.
Cry out against hatred and anger.
Cry out against violence and oppression.
For God requires us to stand
In the name of justice and freedom,
For God requires us to oppose terror,
To muster our power and energy
Against racist aggression
And to protect all houses of prayer.

Oh God,
We implore You,
Look down upon the suffering
Perpetrated against churches, mosques and synagogues,
Against houses of worship in so many lands,
By the hand of wickedness,
By the hand of malevolence,
By the hand of ignorance and sin.
Today we remember, with sadness, the attacks against Muslims at prayer in New Zealand.
And the loss of precious life.

With Your gentle and loving hand,
God of Shelter,
Unite all of your children
Under Your canopy of hope and love.
Bring the light of salvation and healing
To the four corners of the earth.

© 2015 Alden Solovy

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