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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 Ki Tisa

In this Torah portion, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing Moses will never return, the Israelites turn to Aaron, who demands that everyone bring him their gold, so he can make a golden calf. When Moses comes down the mountain and sees the people dancing around this idol, he smashes the tablets on the ground. God punishes with a plague all the Israelites who were involved. Moses builds a tent to be his meeting place with God.

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