Next Tuesday is the Jewish holy day of the Ninth of Av (Tisha B’av). This day commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. More broadly it is a reminder of the tragic lot of too many Jewish communities throughout the centuries.
Yesterday afternoon, some Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Initiative colleagues and I decided to take full advantage of being in Jerusalem. We went to the Cardo in the Old City (the main street of Jerusalem nearly 1,500 years ago) to visit with a sofer (scribe) who has had the honor of writing eight Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls). As we came upon the row of Roman pillars in the Cardo where only three pillars stood complete, others broken at different points, my oldest son Eli (6 years old) asked: “Who cut these down?” Jerusalem is a city of interrupted traumas, whole in its brokenness.
I did not expect to become a target of missile fire this summer — that was never on my intended agenda of tanning, shopping and padding the resume. Yet, during the middle of my Jerusalem summer program’s potluck dinner, our shrieks of delight at the watermelon and feta salad succumbed to deadening silence as a siren suddenly blared over the loudspeaker.
Rabbi Goldberg and Rabbi Conover reflect on their time in Israel and the recent updates.
Temple Sholom members spent a fun-filled family day at Starved Rock State Park on June 22nd!
I once had the pleasure of learning from Harry Kraemer, of the Kellogg School of Management. He taught that leadership is not something one waits for until an invitation arrives. Leaders start leading by the choices they make, the actions they take and the ones they refuse to take. Even a five year old can be a leader, finding a ball and asking his or her friends to start playing.