Dear Friends,

I am anticipating being in Puerto Rico in the coming days, along with a group from our congregation. We will be in an area that suffered great devastation, and where most of the people are without the comforts that we take for granted. We will do some cleaning up, some house rehabilitation work; but most of all, we will befriend the victims of the hurricane and try to provide them with comfort and faith that their lives will yet be renewed.I am anticipating being in Puerto Rico in the coming days, along with a group from our congregation. We will be in an area that suffered great devastation, and where most of the people are without the comforts that we take for granted. We will do some cleaning up, some house rehabilitation work; but most of all, we will befriend the victims of the hurricane and try to provide them with comfort and faith that their lives will yet be renewed.

I am reminded of a story of a young boy who came home very late. His mother asked him where he had been. He responded: “I was with Johnny.  His bicycle broke and I was helping him.” The mother responded: “But you don’t know how to fix a bicycle.” And the wise young boy answered: “I know. So I just sat there and helped him cry.” Most of all, that is our purpose in going to Puerto Rico.

It was Helen Keller who said “although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.” So do I look forward to meeting people of strength, courage and determination to overcome the suffering they have endured. You’ll hear more about my experiences next week.

         Rabbi David Greenberg