Our actions are an insight to our hearts & souls which reveal the sincerity of our faith. Yom Kippur is only one day of the year, but that doesn't mean we should wait to change our ways and make amends (where necessary) on an ongoing basis as we are judged on an ongoing basis. In a summary to this week's Torah portion, Rabbi Daniel Bronstein of Social Action.com warns us that "no matter how charismatic, no matter how skilled, and no matter how successful in serving a cause--a leader's ethics matter." Tom DeLay told Tony Snow that the ethics probe into his activities has brought him "Closer to G-d." As Rabbi Charles P. Sherman indicates in his commentary on the portion, honest introspection and resolve to change (not scapegoating) is what can truly bring us closer to G-d.
As I mentioned earlier, Pesach (Passover) begins at sundown tonight. The first night (first 2 nights for Orthodox & Conservative Jews outside of Israel) we have a Seder (literally "order") which is a Feast of Freedom. We begin the Seder with the words:
"All who are hungry - come and eat. All who are needy - come and join the Pesach celebration."
- In the United States alone, 13 million children live in households where people have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet. That means one in ten households in the U.S. are living with hunger or are at risk of hunger. [http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/fanrr42/fanrr42_researchbrief.pdf]
- Every 3.6 seconds another person dies of starvation and the large majority are children under the age of 5. [http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/facts/]
I'll address the second sentence and the incongruity of the current political climate (especially the timing of the inappropriately titled "Justice Sunday") tomorrow. In the meantime, please go here to voice your concern (I adapted my statement in Faith Forward's Affirmation project and plugged it into the text they provided) and/or check out Social Justice Sunday on Building the Beloved Community.
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