Rabbi Aviva Bass Blog

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Eradicate Prejudice from our World

Dear friends,

Today’s tragic shooting in Pittsburgh brings shock and sadness to us all. That someone would enter a synagogue for the purpose of the mass murder of Jews during worship is an abomination to all people of conscience. It brings to the fore the reality that anti-semitism is alive and well in our country and in our world. We must work with ever more force to combat this evil in our midst.
We stand in solidarity with Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and wish them strength and loving community as they cope with the horrors they have experienced today.
May the Holy One of Blessing grant comfort to all who have been affected by this tragedy. May they feel our solidarity with them as part of our united Jewish family. And may the evil of anti-semitism and all forms of prejudice be eradicated from the world soon, in our day.

Rabbi Aviva

I feel very sad that I will not be with my beloved congregation this Shabbat or for Selichot evening services. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle last week and just came home from the hospital after the surgery. It has been terribly painful and I am just not up to leading services yet. I am planning on being there with Temple Sinai for Rosh Hashanah and am looking forward to it. I am thinking of all my Temple Sinai congregants and friends and wish you a Shabbat Shalom and a meaningful beginning of your High Holy Day season with Selichot . I will be thinking of you and imagining our four sacred scrolls being decked out in their white covers yet again, as our ark is opened for another season of Awesome Days together. Shabbat Shalom!