As the secular year draws to a close, recent events remind us of the many incidents of hate and gun violence that plagued us in 2019. News of a horrific attack during a Chanukah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, NY and a shooting as a congregation gathered in prayer at a Christian church near Fort Worth, TX are just the most recent reminders that we must fight against anti- Semitism, bigotry and hate. The ADL has documented at least ten anti-Semitic incidents in the New York/New Jersey area in recent days. Although Chanukah is over, we must not forget its lessons of Jewish resiliency and the understanding that we are stronger than hate. Acting on our tradition’s prophetic message that we can make our world a better place must continue to inspire and drive us.
May the secular New Year bring us a better understanding of our role in fighting hatred and making our world a better and safer place. May the year ahead be one which brings people together with mutual respect and greater understanding, as well as health and happiness.