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Rabbi David Wirtschafter


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Brussels in the wake of today’s terrorist attacks.

To the families and friends of those who were murdered, we send out deepest condolences.

To those who were injured, we send our wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

To those who have been traumatized, we send our hopes that you may quickly find resilience and resolve amidst terror and tragedy.

To those who organized and supported these attacks, we pray that you will soon be brought to justice and that the consequences for your crimes are swift, certain, and...

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In his 1965 commencement address at Oberlin College, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., confronted his listeners with these words of warning:

“Let nobody give you the impression that the problem of racial injustice will work itself out. Let nobody give you the impression that only time will solve the problem. That is a myth.”

Fifty years later, our nation – indeed our world – is still shaken not only by how accurate Dr. King was then but by accurate he still remains today. Just as he cautioned us, time has not been our friend. “Time,” he implored us to remember, “is neutral.”...

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Just 10 days from now, we’ll be forced to confront the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. It happened just a few days before the start of Hannukah in 2012.

I was busy preparing for my son Zachariah’s bar mitzvah at Temple Israel of Minneapolis, MN, at the time. One of the clergy helping us to prepare was Rabbi Sim Glaser, whose brother, a school psychologist at another elementary school in Newtown, was among those tasked with providing grief counselling to parents and children, students and staff, the families of the fallen and...

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