The Holocaust is an important topic not only in Jewish history, but in the history of humankind. The topic is disturbing, and it is appropriate to feel uncomfortable and upset by the stories, the facts, and especially the images.
God of the heavens: nature and all that You have created are truly awesome. Often, we; take these wonders for granted. Teach us to cherish all of your gifts
We cannot pray to You, O God,
to banish war,
for You have filled the world
with paths to peace,
if only we would take them.
As we gather this Shabbat, each in our own communities, we are united by the grief and anguish we feel over the destruction of homes and lives by fire this week.
A tree spoke to me today.
Can you see it? A strange sight,
Gnarled and twisted by the fury of the winds and sea.