A MESSAGE FROM OUR RABBIS

Dear B’nai Horin Community,

Special Torah readings for this year, 5780
For Rosh Hashana 5780 our Torah portion will be from Genesis. We will visit that most significant moment when Abraham stands up to God and questions God’s plan for Sodom and Gomorrah.  We ask ourselves at this time: Are we standing up for justice? Are we willing to speak truth to power? Do we recognize that it is up to us to call out injustice and to stand for humanity with courage and compassion?
For Yom Kippur 5780 we will be addressed by the Torah portion which declares that all life is inherently sacred. You shall not hate another human being. You shall not be a silent bystander when the life of another human being is in danger. You shall love another human being as you love yourself. You shall care for the refugees and migrants who come to live in your country, and not inflict pain upon them. We are obligated to live this commandment because WE were refugees and migrants in Egypt, and we know what it is to be treated unfairly and unkindly.
We are reminded that in every generation we must affirm: NEVER AGAIN.
In Open Heart, a book written shortly before he died, Elie Wiesel wrote:
“Should one therefore turn away from humanity? The answer, of course, is up to each of us. We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children, between the ugliness of hate and the will to oppose it.  Between inflicting suffering and humiliation on our fellow human beings and offering them solidarity and hope they deserve. Or not. I know—I speak from experience—that even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion.”
Join with us as we find the opportunities to create light and encourage compassion through music, prayer, meditation, study and being in community.

Rabbi Laura and Rabbi Stan

P.S.

We hope you will join us for High Holy Days. To enroll, send an email to Peggi peggi@bnaihorin.com