Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
To learn and to do.
These are the things that drive us as Jews. We are a people, both of introspection and of action – and, for me, this past week was another reminder of this.
Sunday night, it was so moving. And, I felt so privileged. Standing among more than 500 people, in the front of Ina Levine social hall, facing them, narrating the program for Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers and the Victims of Terror. How powerful it was.
The perfectly-crafted program, a just-right blend of the emotional and the educational, was put together brilliantly by one of our Federation partners, the IAC-Arizona.
For me, a Jew, who lost family in the Holocaust, a Jew who lives and breathes passion for our beloved Israel, a Jew who has dedicated his professional life to serving Jewish communities, it was a moment that affected me deeply. Thank you, IAC-Arizona; thank you, Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, thank you G-d for giving me that opportunity.
Our Torah teaches us that it is our personal mission while here on earth to learn and to do. I am so proud that our Federation was a partner in this distinct evening of remembrance and tribute.
This week’s Torah reading includes the portion Kedoshim, where G-d commands us to be holy. I knew in my heart standing in front of the crowd Sunday night that the Torah was illuminating the room with holiness. May it illuminate you in the coming week.