Cosponsored by Congregation Netivot Shalom and the Pacifica Institute
Sunday, September 11, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Congregation Netivot Shalom
(1316 University Avenue, Berkeley)
"September 11, 2001" - Reciting these words has meaning for almost every person around the World. An event that at once ripped us apart and brought us together. In the decade since "that" September 11, the world has been changing - in both positive and negative ways. Some people grew more fearful of each other, and hatreds increased; and some people saw the need for more understanding and deeper work towards peace.
Congregation Netivot Shalom and Pacifica Institute have been forging ties between the local Jewish and Turkish Muslim communities during recent years. Join us on this ten-year anniversary of September 11 as we continue that dialog and continue to pray for peace. We will be joining together at Congregation Netivot Shalom (1316 University Avenue, Berkeley) on Sunday, September 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…