Three Lessons and a Charge

The pandemic has exhausted me. At the same time, the plagues within our own country continue to punch me in the gut. Another mass shooting this morning.Another report of a young black or brown person killed by a police officer.Targets on the backs of Asian Americans. “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” Leviticus 19:16 An escalating crisis on the border with Mexico. “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress them, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:20 59% of Jewish Americans feel less safe than we did a decade ago. “Rabbi Hillel used to say: If I am not for me, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, then when?” Pirkei Avot 1:14 We Jews are known as the Children of Israel, the descendants of Jacob, the one who wrestled with God and won. Too…