President's Message January 2005
Sometimes during the holiday
season we find ourselves feeling a little
depressed for one
reason or another. We all have things about
our family that we wish were different and
we could change if we could.
My mother has a sister, who at age 18 ran
off with a married non-Jewish man in the
early 1940s. The family story goes that my
grandparents actually sat shivah for her.
never spoke with her again, even though she
tried to make peace with them at least one
that I am aware of. My grandmother passed
away over the summer and my mother was able
to reconnect with her sister after almost
60 years. It turns out that they only live
a few miles
from each other. They are feeling their way
through a relationship that hey have not
their entire life. As for me, I have never
met my Aunt Gloria, nor her family. I am
my plans to go and visit them early next
year. This is an exciting time, but also
lends me to
wonder who we are, and what makes families
get so angry at each other that they could
someone in that manner.
I think that this is one of the reasons that
I have moved towards the Reform stances of
Judaism. Anything that can tear families
apart is reprehensible. I also believe that
teach you haw to act all the time by their
example, some show you the correct way of
things and others show you things to avoid.
I think that most of us have both qualities
we show the world.
My wishes for you this year is to try and
mend fences with your families and to treat
your families with all the love and respect
that they deserve. As Rabbi Lewis tells
never know if the person you are dealing
with is the Messiah.