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PLEASE READ, FRIENDS: This forested area was devastated in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy, but it is being repaired through human care and nature’s force of life. So too, our society is being damaged by violence and hatred. The pain of the second antisemitic attack on American soil in six months weighs heavily on my heart. And so too does all the hatred or violence against people of color, immigrants, and any group perceived as different. The inaction of leaders to curb weapons of war in our midst leaves me and others with a sense of fear and powerlessness. We have to turn our houses of worship into fortresses rather than open tents. I am asking all of us to be part of the healing of our social ecosystem, by spreading love, kindness, and understanding every day. As Rabbi Goldstein from Poway said in a message to people of all faiths, never give up. Every deed counts. The stakes are high, my friends, but I have faith in us. ~
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PLEASE READ, FRIENDS: This forested area was devastated in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy, but it is being repaired through human care and nature’s force of life. So too, our society is being damaged by violence and hatred. The pain of the second antisemitic attack on American soil in six months weighs heavily on my heart. And so too does all the hatred or violence against people of color, immigrants, and any group perceived as different. The inaction of leaders to curb weapons of war in our midst leaves me and others with a sense of fear and powerlessness. We have to turn our houses of worship into fortresses rather than open tents. I am asking all of us to be part of the healing of our social ecosystem, by spreading love, kindness, and understanding every day. As Rabbi Goldstein from Poway said in a message to people of all faiths, never give up. Every deed counts. The stakes are high, my friends, but I have faith in us. ~
🌿❤️🍃
~

#onelove #humanity #kindess #stopthehate #prayersforpoway #chabad #rabbiyisroelgoldstein #itsnotpoliticsitshumanity #healing #bethepeace #humanecology#שלוםpeaceسلام @lasdonpark #westchestercountyphotography @ajcglobal @ujafedny @colliveofficial @adl_national @millennialrabbi @modern_ritual @accidentaltalmudist @tamaralevitt #lumixphotography #naturephotography #optoutside #landscapephotography #forest #seenonmywalk #takeahike #shinrinyoku #rabbiswithoutborders #rabbiwithacamera #wellspringsofwisdom

#thursdaythoughts
"Do we want to live in a world of blood and tears, or do we want to live in a world of love and beauty?" Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein
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#courage
#wisdom
#faith 
#goodenergy 
#goodvibes 
#quoteoftheday 
#dailywisdom 
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein
#spreadlovenothate
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#tvlife #latina #newsanchor #tvhost #blessed

#thursdaythoughts
"Do we want to live in a world of blood and tears, or do we want to live in a world of love and beauty?" Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein
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#courage
#wisdom
#faith
#goodenergy
#goodvibes
#quoteoftheday
#dailywisdom
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein
#spreadlovenothate
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#tvlife #latina #newsanchor #tvhost #blessed

I ran across this quote within the context of suicide prevention, and after yesterday's tragic shooting in nearby Poway - I had to delve deeper.  Rabbi Tarfon was a sage who lived in Roman times - serving his people in a time of constant violence and discrimination. Irving Greenberg from Visions & Voices explains Rabbi Tarfon's message best: "the Jewish religion teaches that this world, God’s creation, is intended to be perfect - full of life - especially its highest form, human life—and built to sustain justice, equality and peace. But the present state of the world is so far from perfect. How can we possibly achieve tikkun olam, a repaired world? To get there, we will have to overcome the enemies of life: poverty, hunger, oppression, discrimination, war and sickness. The Jewish answer is covenant, a loving partnership between God and humanity. We commit our lives to improving the world. We will work steadfastly, faithfully, advancing step by step, until we attain a state of total perfection. This incremental approach means that the goal cannot be reached in one generation. Therefore, Judaism requires a partnership between the generations. Each generation will improve the world as far as it can. Then it must educate its children and pass on the mission to the next generation, until the goal is reached.
Rabbi Tarfon teaches: Do not be arrogant; do not think that you alone can finish the job. Trust in your children and generations yet unborn to take up the task. Know that you are part of the living chain of people who have dreamed, worked for a better world and carried on this mission for four thousand years in an unbroken covenant."
Whatever you believe - we all want the same things - justice, equality & PEACE. The answer is to do it together - so get to work...today honor Lori Kaye who lost her life in the Chabad of Poway yesterday during your Peace Pause. 11am PST ~ 2pm EST. .
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#peacepauseproject #poway 
#repost 
#chabad 
#tikkunolam 
#rabbitarfon 
#covenant 
#generations 
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein 
#haroldgrinspoonfoundation 
#suicideprevention 
#pirkeavot 
#ninjasisters 
#yoga 
#meditation 
#morelove

I ran across this quote within the context of suicide prevention, and after yesterday's tragic shooting in nearby Poway - I had to delve deeper. Rabbi Tarfon was a sage who lived in Roman times - serving his people in a time of constant violence and discrimination. Irving Greenberg from Visions & Voices explains Rabbi Tarfon's message best: "the Jewish religion teaches that this world, God’s creation, is intended to be perfect - full of life - especially its highest form, human life—and built to sustain justice, equality and peace. But the present state of the world is so far from perfect. How can we possibly achieve tikkun olam, a repaired world? To get there, we will have to overcome the enemies of life: poverty, hunger, oppression, discrimination, war and sickness. The Jewish answer is covenant, a loving partnership between God and humanity. We commit our lives to improving the world. We will work steadfastly, faithfully, advancing step by step, until we attain a state of total perfection. This incremental approach means that the goal cannot be reached in one generation. Therefore, Judaism requires a partnership between the generations. Each generation will improve the world as far as it can. Then it must educate its children and pass on the mission to the next generation, until the goal is reached.
Rabbi Tarfon teaches: Do not be arrogant; do not think that you alone can finish the job. Trust in your children and generations yet unborn to take up the task. Know that you are part of the living chain of people who have dreamed, worked for a better world and carried on this mission for four thousand years in an unbroken covenant."
Whatever you believe - we all want the same things - justice, equality & PEACE. The answer is to do it together - so get to work...today honor Lori Kaye who lost her life in the Chabad of Poway yesterday during your Peace Pause. 11am PST ~ 2pm EST. .
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#peacepauseproject #poway
#repost
#chabad
#tikkunolam
#rabbitarfon
#covenant
#generations
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein
#haroldgrinspoonfoundation
#suicideprevention
#pirkeavot
#ninjasisters
#yoga
#meditation
#morelove

#Repost @jessieannblack
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This is #RabbiYisroelGoldstein. He was shot while delivering his #Passover sermon at #ChabadOfPoway (which happens to be the city of my birth). Bleeding, he finished his sermon, then helped his congregation.

Pay attention, #Avengers, heroes don't always wear capes.

#Repost @jessieannblack
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This is #RabbiYisroelGoldstein . He was shot while delivering his #Passover sermon at #ChabadOfPoway (which happens to be the city of my birth). Bleeding, he finished his sermon, then helped his congregation.

Pay attention, #Avengers , heroes don't always wear capes.

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The City Council of Poway, California, is set to name a street in honor of #famousandfrum Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye Hy"d, who was killed in the shooting attack on the Chabad of Poway this past April.
Eva Drive, a short street in northern Poway, will become Lori Lynn Lane if the city council approves the change as expected at Tuesday’s meeting.
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The City Council of Poway, California, is set to name a street in honor of  #famousandfrum Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye Hy"d, who was killed in the shooting attack on the Chabad of Poway this past April.
Eva Drive, a short street in northern Poway, will become Lori Lynn Lane if the city council approves the change as expected at Tuesday’s meeting.



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#thursdaythoughts
"Do we want to live in a world of blood and tears, or do we want to live in a world of love and beauty?" Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein
.
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.
#courage
#wisdom
#faith 
#goodenergy 
#goodvibes 
#quoteoftheday 
#dailywisdom 
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein
#spreadlovenothate
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#tvlife #latina #newsanchor #tvhost #blessed

#thursdaythoughts
"Do we want to live in a world of blood and tears, or do we want to live in a world of love and beauty?" Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein
.
.
.
#courage
#wisdom
#faith
#goodenergy
#goodvibes
#quoteoftheday
#dailywisdom
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein
#spreadlovenothate
.
.
.
#tvlife #latina #newsanchor #tvhost #blessed

« So it is with this country.  America is unique in world history. Never before was a country founded on the ideals that all people are created in God’s image and that all people deserve freedom and liberty. We fought a war to make that promise real.

And I believe we can make it real again. That is what I pledge to do with my borrowed time.” AMEN!  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/opinion/rabbi-chabad-poway-antisemitism.html  #RabbiYisroelGoldstein #antisemitism

« So it is with this country. America is unique in world history. Never before was a country founded on the ideals that all people are created in God’s image and that all people deserve freedom and liberty. We fought a war to make that promise real.

And I believe we can make it real again. That is what I pledge to do with my borrowed time.” AMEN! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/opinion/rabbi-chabad-poway-antisemitism.html #RabbiYisroelGoldstein #antisemitism

Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter
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Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who faced a shooting Saturday at his San Diego synagogue, spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation as he left the White House about the tragedy of that day and how America must face the evils of anti-Semitism and hatred.

Goldstein faced the deadly evil in the form of a 19-year-old suspect driven by hate to try to murder t  #ChabadofPowaySynagogue #JoshuaGill #RabbiYisroelGoldstein #TheDailyCaller

http://citizensjournal.us/exclusive-video-we-caught-up-with-the-rabbi-who-stared-down-a-shooter-and-lived-to-spread-hope-from-the-white-house/

Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter
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Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who faced a shooting Saturday at his San Diego synagogue, spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation as he left the White House about the tragedy of that day and how America must face the evils of anti-Semitism and hatred.

Goldstein faced the deadly evil in the form of a 19-year-old suspect driven by hate to try to murder t #ChabadofPowaySynagogue #JoshuaGill #RabbiYisroelGoldstein #TheDailyCaller

http://citizensjournal.us/exclusive-video-we-caught-up-with-the-rabbi-who-stared-down-a-shooter-and-lived-to-spread-hope-from-the-white-house/

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PLEASE READ, FRIENDS: This forested area was devastated in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy, but it is being repaired through human care and nature’s force of life. So too, our society is being damaged by violence and hatred. The pain of the second antisemitic attack on American soil in six months weighs heavily on my heart. And so too does all the hatred or violence against people of color, immigrants, and any group perceived as different. The inaction of leaders to curb weapons of war in our midst leaves me and others with a sense of fear and powerlessness. We have to turn our houses of worship into fortresses rather than open tents. I am asking all of us to be part of the healing of our social ecosystem, by spreading love, kindness, and understanding every day. As Rabbi Goldstein from Poway said in a message to people of all faiths, never give up. Every deed counts. The stakes are high, my friends, but I have faith in us. ~
🌿❤️🍃
~

#onelove  #humanity #kindess #stopthehate #prayersforpoway #chabad #rabbiyisroelgoldstein #itsnotpoliticsitshumanity #healing #bethepeace #humanecology ‎#שלוםpeaceسلام @lasdonpark #westchestercountyphotography @ajcglobal @ujafedny @colliveofficial  @adl_national @millennialrabbi @modern_ritual @accidentaltalmudist @tamaralevitt #lumixphotography #naturephotography #optoutside #landscapephotography #forest #seenonmywalk #takeahike #shinrinyoku #rabbiswithoutborders  #rabbiwithacamera #wellspringsofwisdom

PLEASE READ, FRIENDS: This forested area was devastated in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy, but it is being repaired through human care and nature’s force of life. So too, our society is being damaged by violence and hatred. The pain of the second antisemitic attack on American soil in six months weighs heavily on my heart. And so too does all the hatred or violence against people of color, immigrants, and any group perceived as different. The inaction of leaders to curb weapons of war in our midst leaves me and others with a sense of fear and powerlessness. We have to turn our houses of worship into fortresses rather than open tents. I am asking all of us to be part of the healing of our social ecosystem, by spreading love, kindness, and understanding every day. As Rabbi Goldstein from Poway said in a message to people of all faiths, never give up. Every deed counts. The stakes are high, my friends, but I have faith in us. ~
🌿❤️🍃
~

#onelove #humanity #kindess #stopthehate #prayersforpoway #chabad #rabbiyisroelgoldstein #itsnotpoliticsitshumanity #healing #bethepeace #humanecology#שלוםpeaceسلام @lasdonpark #westchestercountyphotography @ajcglobal @ujafedny @colliveofficial @adl_national @millennialrabbi @modern_ritual @accidentaltalmudist @tamaralevitt #lumixphotography #naturephotography #optoutside #landscapephotography #forest #seenonmywalk #takeahike #shinrinyoku #rabbiswithoutborders #rabbiwithacamera #wellspringsofwisdom

Please join me in a prayer calling to the Shelter of Light, The Angel of Mercy to comfort the family that lost their mother, Lori Gilbert‑Kaye, bring healing and strength to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and the two Israelis. Let your healing prayer be, "the echo with wings resounding" spanning the globe and touching the hearts of all in Sri Lanka, bringing peace, care and compassion. Thank you my brothers and sisters. 
Love and light, 
Deirdre

#ChabadPowaySynagogue #Poway #Shooting #RabbiYisroelGoldstein #Passover #SisterJenna #AmericaMeditating #BlogTalkRadio #Prayers #Inspiration #Love #Hope #Truth #Light #Peace #Radiance #Healing #MysticMessenger #InspirationalQuotes #TreeofLife

Please join me in a prayer calling to the Shelter of Light, The Angel of Mercy to comfort the family that lost their mother, Lori Gilbert‑Kaye, bring healing and strength to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and the two Israelis. Let your healing prayer be, "the echo with wings resounding" spanning the globe and touching the hearts of all in Sri Lanka, bringing peace, care and compassion. Thank you my brothers and sisters.
Love and light,
Deirdre

#ChabadPowaySynagogue #Poway #Shooting #RabbiYisroelGoldstein #Passover #SisterJenna #AmericaMeditating #BlogTalkRadio #Prayers #Inspiration #Love #Hope #Truth #Light #Peace #Radiance #Healing #MysticMessenger #InspirationalQuotes #TreeofLife

#Repost @jessieannblack
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This is #RabbiYisroelGoldstein. He was shot while delivering his #Passover sermon at #ChabadOfPoway (which happens to be the city of my birth). Bleeding, he finished his sermon, then helped his congregation.

Pay attention, #Avengers, heroes don't always wear capes.

#Repost @jessieannblack
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This is #RabbiYisroelGoldstein . He was shot while delivering his #Passover sermon at #ChabadOfPoway (which happens to be the city of my birth). Bleeding, he finished his sermon, then helped his congregation.

Pay attention, #Avengers , heroes don't always wear capes.

I ran across this quote within the context of suicide prevention, and after yesterday's tragic shooting in nearby Poway - I had to delve deeper.  Rabbi Tarfon was a sage who lived in Roman times - serving his people in a time of constant violence and discrimination. Irving Greenberg from Visions & Voices explains Rabbi Tarfon's message best: "the Jewish religion teaches that this world, God’s creation, is intended to be perfect - full of life - especially its highest form, human life—and built to sustain justice, equality and peace. But the present state of the world is so far from perfect. How can we possibly achieve tikkun olam, a repaired world? To get there, we will have to overcome the enemies of life: poverty, hunger, oppression, discrimination, war and sickness. The Jewish answer is covenant, a loving partnership between God and humanity. We commit our lives to improving the world. We will work steadfastly, faithfully, advancing step by step, until we attain a state of total perfection. This incremental approach means that the goal cannot be reached in one generation. Therefore, Judaism requires a partnership between the generations. Each generation will improve the world as far as it can. Then it must educate its children and pass on the mission to the next generation, until the goal is reached.
Rabbi Tarfon teaches: Do not be arrogant; do not think that you alone can finish the job. Trust in your children and generations yet unborn to take up the task. Know that you are part of the living chain of people who have dreamed, worked for a better world and carried on this mission for four thousand years in an unbroken covenant."
Whatever you believe - we all want the same things - justice, equality & PEACE. The answer is to do it together - so get to work...today honor Lori Kaye who lost her life in the Chabad of Poway yesterday during your Peace Pause. 11am PST ~ 2pm EST. .
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#peacepauseproject #poway 
#repost 
#chabad 
#tikkunolam 
#rabbitarfon 
#covenant 
#generations 
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein 
#haroldgrinspoonfoundation 
#suicideprevention 
#pirkeavot 
#ninjasisters 
#yoga 
#meditation 
#morelove

I ran across this quote within the context of suicide prevention, and after yesterday's tragic shooting in nearby Poway - I had to delve deeper. Rabbi Tarfon was a sage who lived in Roman times - serving his people in a time of constant violence and discrimination. Irving Greenberg from Visions & Voices explains Rabbi Tarfon's message best: "the Jewish religion teaches that this world, God’s creation, is intended to be perfect - full of life - especially its highest form, human life—and built to sustain justice, equality and peace. But the present state of the world is so far from perfect. How can we possibly achieve tikkun olam, a repaired world? To get there, we will have to overcome the enemies of life: poverty, hunger, oppression, discrimination, war and sickness. The Jewish answer is covenant, a loving partnership between God and humanity. We commit our lives to improving the world. We will work steadfastly, faithfully, advancing step by step, until we attain a state of total perfection. This incremental approach means that the goal cannot be reached in one generation. Therefore, Judaism requires a partnership between the generations. Each generation will improve the world as far as it can. Then it must educate its children and pass on the mission to the next generation, until the goal is reached.
Rabbi Tarfon teaches: Do not be arrogant; do not think that you alone can finish the job. Trust in your children and generations yet unborn to take up the task. Know that you are part of the living chain of people who have dreamed, worked for a better world and carried on this mission for four thousand years in an unbroken covenant."
Whatever you believe - we all want the same things - justice, equality & PEACE. The answer is to do it together - so get to work...today honor Lori Kaye who lost her life in the Chabad of Poway yesterday during your Peace Pause. 11am PST ~ 2pm EST. .
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#peacepauseproject #poway
#repost
#chabad
#tikkunolam
#rabbitarfon
#covenant
#generations
#rabbiyisroelgoldstein
#haroldgrinspoonfoundation
#suicideprevention
#pirkeavot
#ninjasisters
#yoga
#meditation
#morelove

Title: #EnoughIsEnough
#Haiku in reverse
#flippedprose #backwards not mirrored
Read it #righttoleft - your mind will adapt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
yad yrev eht nO
evol fo eugalp a emoceb eW
.evrats lliw live hcuS

#Haiku_ukiaH #Poetry #Poem
#Condolences to #ChabadOfPoway 
#Props to #RabbiYisroelGoldstein 
It’s no wonder you are a pillar in your community, for you are a rock.

Title: #EnoughIsEnough
#Haiku in reverse
#flippedprose #backwards not mirrored
Read it #righttoleft - your mind will adapt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
yad yrev eht nO
evol fo eugalp a emoceb eW
.evrats lliw live hcuS

#Haiku_ukiaH #Poetry #Poem
#Condolences to #ChabadOfPoway
#Props to #RabbiYisroelGoldstein
It’s no wonder you are a pillar in your community, for you are a rock.

When I first heard about the shooting at the Chabad shul in California, I was in a Chabad shul in Miami, like many Jews, closing out the Pesach holiday. And I felt emptiness. Not fear, not sadness, not hate. I felt an absence of emotion. I felt blocked. 
Today I listened to the rabbi speaking about the shooting, and the fallen hero Lori Kay who took a bullet for him. And I still felt nothing. Just empty. 
It wasn’t until I turned off his voice and returned to my chores that I broke down in tears. Not just for Lori. Not just for the rabbi, or his shaken congregation, but for all of us. Us, the Jewish people, and Us, the American people. 
And when my son asked me, Mama, why are you crying? I didn’t have the words. “A bad man did a bad thing in a shul.” It placated him, but he knew. He knows. Mama doesn’t cry very often. 
I am saddened that this is a conversation I need to have with me son. Again.
I am saddened for the world, that hatred seethes. Again.
I am saddened that I can’t promise this is the last time. Again.
I am saddened for our klal, that attendance at shul has to feel like a safety calculation, especially for those of us whose parents and grandparents came here to be safe.
I am saddened that we are not the only ones, that houses of worship have become open targets in too many cases.
I am saddened that the division we have all been seeing and feeling in this country bubbles to the surface in these atrocious displays.

But I am grateful to live in a country where I believe we do stand to support one another’s rights to practice our faiths freely, even and especially at these times.
I am so very grateful to be a Jew, to carry the yoke that binds me to Torah mitzvot. It’s one I carry with great pride and joy and love. Because ultimately, I believe in the timeless and universal lessons of Torah— those that teach us how and why we should be kind, seek peace, pursue justice, nullify our egos, show love for one another, and serve HaShem in ways big and small. And I believe that now more than ever, we need to connect to that higher consciousness, the one that takes us outside of ourselves and reminds us that we are ALL ONE.

When I first heard about the shooting at the Chabad shul in California, I was in a Chabad shul in Miami, like many Jews, closing out the Pesach holiday. And I felt emptiness. Not fear, not sadness, not hate. I felt an absence of emotion. I felt blocked.
Today I listened to the rabbi speaking about the shooting, and the fallen hero Lori Kay who took a bullet for him. And I still felt nothing. Just empty.
It wasn’t until I turned off his voice and returned to my chores that I broke down in tears. Not just for Lori. Not just for the rabbi, or his shaken congregation, but for all of us. Us, the Jewish people, and Us, the American people.
And when my son asked me, Mama, why are you crying? I didn’t have the words. “A bad man did a bad thing in a shul.” It placated him, but he knew. He knows. Mama doesn’t cry very often.
I am saddened that this is a conversation I need to have with me son. Again.
I am saddened for the world, that hatred seethes. Again.
I am saddened that I can’t promise this is the last time. Again.
I am saddened for our klal, that attendance at shul has to feel like a safety calculation, especially for those of us whose parents and grandparents came here to be safe.
I am saddened that we are not the only ones, that houses of worship have become open targets in too many cases.
I am saddened that the division we have all been seeing and feeling in this country bubbles to the surface in these atrocious displays.

But I am grateful to live in a country where I believe we do stand to support one another’s rights to practice our faiths freely, even and especially at these times.
I am so very grateful to be a Jew, to carry the yoke that binds me to Torah mitzvot. It’s one I carry with great pride and joy and love. Because ultimately, I believe in the timeless and universal lessons of Torah— those that teach us how and why we should be kind, seek peace, pursue justice, nullify our egos, show love for one another, and serve HaShem in ways big and small. And I believe that now more than ever, we need to connect to that higher consciousness, the one that takes us outside of ourselves and reminds us that we are ALL ONE.

This is #RabbiYisroelGoldstein. He was shot while delivering his #Passover sermon at #ChabadOfPoway (which happens to be the city of my birth). Bleeding, he finished his sermon, then helped his congregation.

Pay attention, #Avengers, heroes don't always wear capes.

This is #RabbiYisroelGoldstein . He was shot while delivering his #Passover sermon at #ChabadOfPoway (which happens to be the city of my birth). Bleeding, he finished his sermon, then helped his congregation.

Pay attention, #Avengers , heroes don't always wear capes.