Thank you so much for an amazingly beautiful journey from Selichot to Simchat Torah! I feel so incredibly blessed to be your rabbi. Together we sang, meditated, laughed, made new connections, danced, shared delicious food and volunteered a ton of energy. And together we created a transformative experience for hundreds of people. Thank you thank you thank you!
We have built up a lot of spiritual power over the last month. As a community and a country, it is time to gather our energy and shift from introspection to grassroots organizing, from Tikkun HaMiddot (Personal Transformation) to Tikkun HaOlam (Social Justice). Many Kol Tzedek members have been working on this for months if not years. And some of us are eager to jump in.
Join us THIS SUNDAY, October 30th: 2-6 pm @ Calvary Center
Kol Tzedek is hosting the POWER-wide GOTV canvassing event
And Phone Bank with us on Thursday November 3rd, from 6-9 pm.
The Talmud teaches that "One may only appoint a leader over a community if they consult first with the community" (B.T. Berachot 55a). This is proto-democracy. Commentators explain that a leader who has not been appointed by a willing community will not be effective. The reverse is also true. We as a community are obligated to participate in choosing our leaders so that they will accurately represent our needs and interests. And then we are obligated to keep up the pressure so that they enact in just and accountable policy.
I hope to see you there this Sunday at 2pm @ Calvary!
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Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari brings Torat Hayyim, a living tradition, to Kol Tzedek Synagogue through thoughts about prayer, justice, and community.