It is apparent that the small congregation in Sutherland Springs in Texas is comprised of people who care deeply about one another, and who represent the best that is “community.” How to empathize with those people as we try to imagine the depth of their grief and suffering?
While our temple is blessed to be housed in a beautiful old estate, I often tell people that the last thing that we are about are the buildings and grounds that are our home. Most of all, we are about community and perpetuating our Jewish tradition in a meaningful and relevant way.
In this magnificent sanctuary we come together not only for prayer, but to share in life’s most momentous occasions. Here we celebrate the birth of our children, their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, their weddings and milestone anniversaries. But it is also here where we come together to mourn the passing of our loved ones and perpetuate their memory.
As a congregation we are committed to teaching and living the worthy values and ideals of our Jewish tradition, and translating those values into actions of loving-kindness and what we call Tikun Olam…the repair of our world. To feed the hungry and uplift the fallen are ideals that we strive to fulfill, even as we embrace and carry forth and celebrate an ancient tradition that has so much to say to our world today.
Our sages tell us: “In a place where no one behaves as befits a human being, you must strive to be human. I think that that is a kind of motto for our congregation. To live the truth that every human life is sacred, and that we are, each of us, needed and capable of bringing much needed goodness and light to our world.
Would that we remain faithful to that sacred purpose.