Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Adam Feldman

Dear Friends,
            For the past few weeks, I have been home recuperating from my heart surgery. Everything is going very well and I plan to be back at TJC next week. During this time that I am spending at home, my biggest task of the day is walking. My doctor is encouraging me to walk so I try to get out into my neighborhood twice a day. As I walk around my neighborhood, I have started to notice some things that I do not usually notice when I drive. Among them are the small signs that people have put up in front of their houses. In light of the news coming from Charlottesville, VA this week, there is one particular sign that says so much about how many of us feel as we follow this story.  The sign says - "Hate Has No Home Here":
            The sign includes the phrase in six different languages, including Hebrew - Sinah Lo Yichola Lihiyot Po. There are other lawn signs appearing around town but I feel a closer connection to this one because it includes Hebrew - our language, our values and our lesson. Hate has no place in Jewish life and hate should have no place in American life.
            That is the issue to be learned from the events this week: it is okay to disagree, and it is okay to state strong opinions and debate and even protest in this country. But hate has no place here and we have seen too many examples of hatred recently with acts of racism, anti-Semitism, violence and verbal abuse.
            I am concerned about what is happening in our country and what our young people are learning from these stories. I am concerned about how we are modeling the wrong lessons about tolerance and debate. When so many confrontations turn violent, we raise the level of hatred and we lose our core values as a nation and as a people.
            I think I want to order one of those signs for my front lawn and I have been in touch with TJC leadership about putting one in front of our synagogue.  Let's use this as a learning opportunity to help people respect our values and to help people learn why violence is so wrong and why hatred is so wrong. 
            You will also notice the sign includes a picture of a heart with the American flag inside. Our hearts should be full of love, not hatred. Our collective hearts and our individual hearts should be full of respect and trust and honor. Hate has no home here.
Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Adam Feldman
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