I’ve been thinking a lot this week about ‘courage’.
Specifically, acts of Jewish courage, both from year’s past and since Pittsburgh.
Also part of the context for my thinking is that we are coming up on Veteran’s Day, and I know the contribution that Jews have made in the US Military service since we were but thirteen colonies.
This then, will be our ‘theme’ for tomorrow night’s Shabbat service. Interwoven between our timeless prayers of hope and connection, will be stories of courage.
I’m also pleased to have Temple Emanu-El past president Norman Zoller share some thoughts on his military service (starting with two tours of Vietnam: Special Forces & 82nd Airborne, with a total of 22 years military service), and how it relates to his Judaism.
This will be a service designed to raise us up, to inspire us, and to remind us of what real courage looks like, from the battlefield to Middle School.
We will be honoring our Vets, and our country, as part of our time together.
I look forward to seeing you there.