Mar 5, 2021
On Finishing a Year of Torah
In the midst of these strange times, a growing community of friends have joined together every weekday morning at 9am on the UJA-Federation of New York Facebook page to learn Torah, to keep each other company, to strengthen each other. I know this has been a positive thing for others, but it has been a vital thing for me, not only as a teacher, but as a Jew. This came up just a few days ago in conversation with my mentor, Rabbi Craig Scheff of the Orangetown Jewish Center (OJC). I was his first rabbinic intern. It has come up in conversation with my father, Rabbi Gary Creditor, who has always been my rabbi. I have become increasingly aware of what a privilege it is to be a rabbi, to be part of the lineage of Torah teachers that stretches back in time for thousands of years and will, please God, continue forever. I will be forever grateful for the blessing of being part of a Torah community, and this morning felt like no other. Monday morning we will celebrate a siyyum, a completion of a cycle of learning, and we will launch immediately into the cycle to come. Torah is always moving forward, and we with Torah. "All her ways are pleasant, and all her paths are peace. (Prov. 3:17)"
What is deeper than our skin? Pure light. This morning's learning aimed to connect our Jewish moment (Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom Ha'atzma'ut) with the Torah portions (Tazria Metzora) the memories of George Floyd z"l and Daunte Wright z"l, and the assault on Second Lt. Caron Nazario last night. #SayTheirNames #PursueJustice #BuildOnLove
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