Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Tzav
, God continues to describe the different laws of sacrifices. A distinction is made between sin offerings, burnt offerings, and homage offerings, with each following its own process. God then commands the priests to make another offering that ordains themselves in their positions.
Earlier this week, this note was sent to our SPS High School students with the following message:
As news came out this morning [written Tuesday] of another school shooting I wanted to reach out to you-the parents and high school students at Sutton Place Synagogue, on behalf of myself, Lesley Goldenberg, and Amanda Phillips to let you know that you, our students and families, are on our minds. Often people talk about high school students as “future leaders” but it is clear that teens today are not just leaders for the future but for the present. The voice and role that teens are playing in our country, in response to Gun Safety in particular, is both inspiring and yet, sad that it is necessary.
As you know the March For Our Lives is taking place this coming Shabbat. If you choose to march I wanted to let you know that METNY USY (our local region of United Synagogue Youth) has arranged for a group to march. They will be meeting at 9:30 am at the Southwest corner of 75th Street and Central Park West.
Additionally, my sermon during shabbat services this Saturday will focus on this topic, and then, following kiddush, I will walk to meet the march. If any teens and families want to join please meet at the synagogue by 12:15 to walk over together. If you think you are going to meet me at the synagogue, please let me know.
In Judaism, there are two messages that we want to leave you with. First, the concept of Pikuah Nefesh, the Saving of a Life, is of the utmost important. How we speak out and up for the safety of our communities will demonstrate how future generations will judge us. Second, in the Talmud, a rabbinic text from the 6th century, Rabbi Hanina taught: “I have learned much from my teachers, and from my colleagues more than from my teachers, but I have learned the most from my students.” (Babylonian Talmud, Taanit 7a). Each of you and teens like you all over the country are our students. Thank you for your voice, for your leadership and for your strength.