TEMPLE ISRAEL, Minneapolis
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Dear Temple Israel Family,
This is a difficult and confusing time to be Jewish no matter where you live or what your politics are. No solution that anyone has proffered is proving to be comprehensive and many a ceasefire has been violated. Our love of and concern for Israel is strong, even as we are challenged to make sense of the situation and respond when we are asked questions.
The events of the last several weeks in Israel and Gaza have been, for so many of us, painful to witness. We have found ourselves immersed in fear and sadness as Israel is attacked with Hamas rockets with unprecedented fierceness and determination. We understand that Israel’s military response to Hamas terrorism is a just one. We also recognize the tragedy of mounting civilian Palestinian casualties and the deaths of Israeli soldiers and civilians. As is not unexpected, there has been international condemnation of the Jewish State. Now, with the implementation of Operation Protective Edge, and Israeli ground troops in Gaza, anti-Semitic incidents have broken out in many parts of the world, including Germany and France.
Your rabbis have spoken and taught classes that have promoted healthy and honest dialogue for those seeking greater wisdom, knowledge and solace in these trying days.
Rabbi Zimmerman spoke at the Stand With Israel rally at Adath Jeshurun on July 24th. Her words can be found here.
Rabbi Gertman delivered a d’var Torah this past Shabbat that can be read here.
Rabbi Glaser’s Kabbalah Sparks class focused on the dynamics of War and Conflict, drawing from Talmudic, Midrashic and Kabbalistic sources. A summation of the class may be found here.
To be sure, there is much information to be found online about the conflict, and we would direct your attention to a compelling, sensitive piece written by our new President of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Aaron Panken, available here.
Jewish life doesn’t just go on “as usual” when Israel’s security is so terribly at risk or when anti-Semitic incidents occur in places where we never thought we’d see it again. We want to provide you with some tools and ideas to help you process these events as they occur, and to offer ourselves, as your clergy, as resources in the coming weeks. Needless to say, we all pray that peace will come soon to our people and their surrounding neighbors.
Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman
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