As I listen with horror to everything that's happening to Jewish community centers and day schools in North America, I'm reminded of the questions North American Jews ask when they hear about Reform synagogues being vandalized in Israel: Are you OK?
After doing half an hour of work – during which time I received a few more calls to action through email, Facebook, and Twitter – I asked myself: Why don’t I think I’m the kind of person who would show up? Who is?
Omar is in his late 20s. He's participating in an exhibition at the museum, "Genocide: The Threat Continues," and we're conversing, face to face, via video chat. I'm in D.C. and he's at the cafe in Germany's capital.
The Torah teaches us that we must pray for the wisdom of our leaders and the quality of government, no matter our feelings toward specific politicians. Extraordinary times require extraordinary prayers.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "When you take a census of the Israelite men according to their army enrollment, each shall pay the Eternal a ransom for himself on being enrolled, that no plague may come upon them through their being enrolled." - Exodus 30:11-12