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Shabbat to Shabbat: Move Past Hate

08/09/2017 11:02:12 AM

Aug9

Rabbi Brad Levenberg

It is hard to put into words how many of us feel following a weekend in which we witnessed white supremacists and neo-nazis marching openly in America, leaving violence and tragedy in their wake.

Regardless of where we each stand politically, we can ALL agree: hatred, bigotry and violence cannot be tolerated. When our civic and faith values are threatened in this way, we raise our voices and rise up—not just in opposition but in unity.

In this spirit, the community responded  and put together a Shabbat Dinner of Unity.  The invitation was extended to those who have expressed interest in social action, but we do have a few spots left.  Register here: https://www.templesinaiatlanta.org/event/unity-shabbat-dinner.html. I am hoping that you will be my partner in the work of inspiring and mobilizing your community and join me for Shabbat services. Services start at 6:30 pm (arrive at 6:00 for a wine and cheese buffet) and the dinner will follow the service.

Together we will dedicate this service to celebrating diversity, equality and inclusion in the face of fear, division and hate; to engaging in constructive dialogue with diverse perspectives, and to addressing deep, painful divides in our communities.

In times like these, we recall the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, when he said: “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Let us remember that what unites us in our shared humanity and rich diversity is greater than what divides us. By living in service of this ideal, we can move past hate and create bonds that begin the process of loving and healing.

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