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Rabbi Stein's Solidarity Shabbat Sermon

Shabbat Chayei Sarah
25 Cheshvan 5779
Rabbi Peter W. Stein

Responding to Hatred and Violence

 

"I will sing of the Lord's steadfast love forever; to all generations I will proclaim Your faithfulness with my mouth.  I declare, olam chesed yibaneh: Your steadfast love is confirmed forever..." (Psalm 89:2-3)

Olam chesed yibaneh:  God's love is forever...but this phrase was beautifully taken by songwriter and social activist Rabbi Menachem Creditor in a different manner:  Olam is not only the word for "eternal", but also the word for "world" ... and so, olam chesed yibaneh is "We will build the world from love".

We sang these words together Sunday night, as a beautiful cross section of the community filled this space.  We will build this world from love.  We will answer acts of hate with love.  We will respond to acts of violence with peace.

Click here to read the full sermon presented by Rabbi Stein for "Solidarity Shabbat" (November 2, 2018)

Parashat

Parashat Beshalach

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind about freeing the Israelites and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters, and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads all the Israelite women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed them. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.

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