Contrast between good and bad begins this week’s Torah portion, R’eih. God places before the Israelites a blessing and a curse (Deut. 11:26) and presents the idea that we always have a choice between the two. The way to blessing is found through following God’s commandments. One such commandment is engaging in tikkun olam, repair of the world. Further below in this blast, is an announcement for an opportunity to do just that. A local group called The Anti-Racism Project is conducting a series of workshops designed to examine the realities of institutionalized racism, internalized racism and white privilege. The workshops will also explore how these issues contribute to on-going racial injustice.
Let us ask our Eternal God, creator of all beings, to grace us with wisdom and understanding to choose blessing and to help us stand up against the curse of hatred and bigotry. May God give us the strength to heal our imperfect world by engaging in the on-going work of tikkun olam to make our world as it ought to be – a world driven by compassion, wholeness and justice.
Rabbi Sandra Bellush