Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
I am writing this week’s message on September 11. Since that life-changing day in 2001, I have been torn in ways that I imagine Israelis are torn on Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence)—that complete and immediate shift between deep sadness of the most awful kind, to the greatest joy. This is because on September 11, 1993, G-d blessed my wife Lori and I with our first child—a beautiful, healthy daughter. So September 11 will always be a happy day for us. That said, each September 11 since 2001, I have also set aside my joy to fully comprehend the evil that took the lives of 2,977 people. Victims of hate. People who were just going about their daily business, and those brave souls who went in after them. Life truly is a series of diametric swings between good and evil, light and darkness. We cannot understand the one without the other.
This week’s Torah portion is Ki Teitzei (When You Go ) in Deuteronomy. The portion ends with the obligation to “remember what Amalek did to you on the road on your way out of Egypt.” It is now 18 years since the tragedy of 911. It is incumbent on all of us to remember. May the souls of all of those lost on that dreadful day have an Aliya (be lifted).
Wishing you and those you love a Shabbat Shalom.
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