This Shabbat at Netivot Shalom is going to be a very special one!
I hope you'll join me in welcoming and learning from Rabbi Aaron Alexander, who will serve as our Scholar-in-Residence this Shabbat!
Rabbi Alexander is Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles where he teaches rabbinic literature and Jewish law. He currently serves on the Committee for Jewish and Standards of the Conservative Movement and is a well-respected Rabbinic Leader in the American Jewish Social Justice Movement. You won't want to miss a moment of his teaching - and we'll certainly be sparked to continue our own conversations as a community once Shabbat has ended.
Rabbi Alexander will teach at Shabbat dinner (RSVP by Thurs morning to firstname.lastname@example.org!), deliver the drasha during Shabbat morning davening, and will teach after Birkat haMazon. Please see the topics and times in the column to the left.
On a personal level, I am very excited to have Rabbi Alexander visit us. He is my teacher, a dear friend, and someone whose soul and skills touch our world in important ways. I believe that the Torah he teaches future rabbis at the Ziegler School is the Torah he embodies in interfaith gatherings, in his writings on the Huffington Post - and in his eyes.
Please attend every part of his visit you can. We'll have a lot to process, and even more reason to engage in the world as learning, growing Jews.
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&…