I’m writing this at the end of an eventful week.
At the end of any week we need a Sabbath; to stop, rest, reflect, renew, and find peace (shalom) but we especially need it this week.
Death and sickness from Covid-19 are at a record high.
History was made in Georgia with the election of an African American candidate and a Jewish candidate to the Senate for the first time in the South.
The revered sanctuary of American Democracy, the Capitol, was violently attacked.
The attack shuddered more than windows and furniture. It shuddered our peace and trust. It had shaken to the core the delicate stability of a political Democratic discourse. Maintaining Democracy is hard. Living together in a diverse society is challenging, but we must learn to do it better. In wars, there are always casualties and there is always destruction. In civil wars we kill our neighbors and destroy our neighborhoods. I hope we stop and consider the high cost of choosing to live in confrontation and with hatred, before they become violent words and actions.
In the spirit of Shabbat, which provides for us time and space to make and remember peace, I offer these heartfelt prayers for all of us to regain our peace.
I pray we call on ourselves and each other to find peace and mercy.
I pray we begin to imagine how to pave the way to cooperation and healing.
I pray we learn from the mistakes of the past and better cherish and protect our Democracy.
I pray and challenge us to become activists of peace and not of war.
In time, I pray, that we may find mendful paths of teshuvah; turning and returning to peace and cooperation.
I pray we embrace non-violence, own responsibility, make reparation, seek justice and act kindly.
I pray we find a way to Tikkun Olam; to talk and listen, to reconcile and mend the torn fabric of our country.
I pray for the healing of all who are sick. May those who mourn be consoled in a loving community and their loved ones Rest In Peace.
I pray for the strength and wisdom of the medical professionals and all those who aid in supporting others and the medical systems.
May God bless and protect us all. Rabbi Sigal
I hope to see you at the Winter Mendful Gathering Series starting Sunday, January 17th at 4pm.