Creating a Loving Community

Ramat Shalom’s Selichot Service, the official kick-off of the High Holiday period, will take place this Saturday evening, September 21 at 7:30 PM. With all of the division and hatred in our society today, one of the things we’ll be focusing on during the High Holidays will be how to elevate kindness, civility and love. Incorporated into our Selichot Service will be an important discussion regarding ways in which we can work together to ensure that our synagogue is a model of a kind, civil and loving community. Central to this discussion will be this beautiful kabbalistic text: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18)“Love the stranger as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:34)  The work to develop our love for others is deep, practical, day-to-day spiritual work. To reach the goal of loving everyone in the world as much as we love ourselves, we first need to be able to love our friends as…