Love Your Neighbor
V’avatah reyacha k’mocha / Love your neighbor as yourself
Vayikra / Leviticus 19:18
V’avatah reyacha k’mocha, Rabi Akiva omer zehu klal gadol b’Torah.
Love your neighbor as yourself; Rabbi Akiva says this is the main point of the Torah.
Talmud Yerushalmi, Nedarim 30b
We’re on the road returning home from our visit to Chicago to spend some quality time with family. I’m looking forward to sharing some of these experiences with you soon. The present circumstances of travel render much difficulty in creating my usual style of message to you.
I’m sure that you are aware that in addition to striving to create an environment of fulfilling, enjoyable, and meaningful Judaism (ie, services, programs, and classes), I see my mission as a rabbi and our purpose as a congregation to work toward providing a beneficial and healing influence on many issues that not only concern our congregation and the Jewish community but that impact our society in general.
One issue that I believe to be of the utmost importance is developing and nurturing a loving bond of friendship with our neighboring faith communities. Besides just being a pleasant way of living, I see forging such local bonds of friendships here and in other localities as perhaps ultimately the key to world peace, like a small pebble that creates growing ripples when cast into a large body of water.
On Monday, November 25, at 7:30 pm for the fifth consecutive year, we will join with Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Saint Paul’s International Lutheran Church, and Temple Sholom for an evening of inspirational music, readings, and messages delivered by the community’s religious leaders and musical performers. What makes it especially delightful is that this year we will be the host congregation, holding the event in our multipurpose social hall, where we held this year’s wonderful and enthusiastic High Holiday services.
I have advocated for and hope to have the Muslim and other local faith communities included in future events. It could only make such interfaith community events even richer and more joyous.
I’m sure you’ll know some of the songs that I will perform. Please sing out loudly and join me! If you haven’t heard Snows’ Bell Choir, you’re in for a unique musical treat. And of course, tasty refreshments will be served.
This will be special–please be there!