Rabbi David Edleson
April 10, 2019
So, let me start with a question. Show of hands, who in here has been on a special diet of some sort in the past few years?
- Who’s not eating Gluten?
- Who’s not eating Dairy?
- Who’s doing Paleo, or Low-Carbs?
- Who’s not eating red meat?
- Low salt? Low sugar?
- Who’s vegetarian? vegan?
It seems that as Americans, we are very comfortable with all sorts of diets, all sorts of food restrictions, but for many of us, not eating bread for week seems like way too much. I can’t tell you the number of Facebook posts I get each year with Jewish friends taking a selfie of eating a sandwich, or doughnut, or other yeasty treat with a big spiteful grin on their faces.
This is Shabbat HaGadol, the GREAT SABBATH, and not just because it is Emma Marden’s Bat Mitzvah!
What Purim almost was
Tonight was going to be a festive Purim-leaning Shabbat, but after the events in New Zealand, it isn’t right.
It is important to remember that Purim itself is a holiday about a narrow escape from a massacre, a genocide. Purim celebrates that rare moment when such tragedy is avoided, but it reminds us how close we come to such events. Especially in Jewish history, we know that the good ending is clung to, but the tragic ending is all too common.