Rabbi’s Weekly Teaching
Friday, November 9, 2012
This Shabbat we commemorate the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht; the "Night of Broken Glass." Kristallnacht marks for most historians the formal beginning of the Holocaust; the beginning of the "paved road to Auschwitz." The Nazi pogrom took place from November 9th - 10th in 1938 and our fellow Jews, and our Judaism, were violently assaulted.
In the aftermath of the Holocaust our Jewish faith assists us in being led away from the darkness of the world in order to rediscover God's light in our lives. We carry with us the scars of our history, but with our faith we discover amidst our brokenness the means to mend and possess even greater strength than before.
No matter the challenges we have confronted in our history, human made or cosmically prompted, we take our covenantal relationship with God as the eternal prompting of renewed vigor and dedication. We recall those who came before us and with their remembrance of courage and enduring faith, we also find for ourselves a great reservoir of strength.
At Friday night services Cantor will offer a special musical reflection in remembrance of Kristallnacht. On Shabbat morning I will lead a Torah study group reflecting on Kristallnacht, from 9 - 10 AM, and at the Shabbat morning service, at approximately 10:45 AM, Agnes Vertes, a child survivor of the Holocaust in Budapest, and president of Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, will share with us powerful testimony.
I hope you will take the time to join us as able, and if possible, perhaps light an extra candle this Shabbat in memory of all the cherished Jewish souls stolen from us because of Hitler's War against our fellow Jews.
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