This week, we observed Tisha B'Av marking the destruction of the First and Second Temples and often referred to as the saddest Jewish holiday. Its legacy informs many of the issues of today.
We learn that hatred between Jews caused the Second Temple's demise and made us exiles from our homeland.
On Tisha B'Av, we recommit to do better -- especially now with rancor between Jews who see others as "liberal" or "conservative," "observant" or "secular," "those Jews," or worst of all, "they call themselves Jews?" We rededicate ourselves to treating others with compassion, open minds, and open hearts.
At a time of growing anti-Semitism, public health crisis, and economic strain, let us remember... united we stand, divided we fall.
Even after the Second Temple, through the Diaspora, Jews remained a People -- reinventing ways to create community, preserve traditions, and fulfill mitzvot.
In the COVID-19 era, we too are adapting to changed circumstances. With ingenuity, dedication, and holiness, this Jewish community is reinventing things from services and shivas to family fun and adult education. It is inspiring.
How are you living the legacy of Tisha B'Av?
At Federation, our focus is tikkun olam (repairing the world), chesed (acts of loving kindness), and tzedakah (righteous treatment of others).
This issue, and all issues, of FRIDAY LIGHT reflect how Federation brings those values to life. Read on to learn more.
Wishing you meaningful reflections this Tisha B'Av and Shabbat,
Susan Antman, Executive Director
Friday Light is a weekly digest of community highlights from Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ.
This week's issue featured;
- Jewish eaders learn to manage hostile incidents
- ACTION NEEDED: contact your member of congress
- Kids' baking event marks Tu B'av, Jewish day of love
- Board Spotlight: For Liran Kapoano, Federation support is personal