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For the second time this year, Israel held national elections and for the second time this year, the results were pretty close to a tie. No side got a mandate, and who will form the government will take time to resolve. At the moment of writing this, it seems that Benny Gantz’ Blue and White party (centrist coalition) will either tie with Netanyahu’s Likud, or have one seat more. Netanyahu had hoped this election would bring him a clear mandate, but that did not occur. In that way, this is bad for Netanyahu, as any coalition he builds – if he can build one- will be weak…
Hello Temple Sinai!
This Friday Night we have TWO special services: Tot Shabbat for our younger folks, and Social
Action Shabbat with a presentation about the new South Burlington food pantry Temple Sinai is
involved with. Please come!
Also in this email:
1. SOME COMMENTS ON THE ISRAELI ELECTION (at the end of email)
2. FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR LEGAL AID FOR THOSE IN DENTENTION.
3. ADULT B’NEI MITZVAH CLASSES are starting soon.
4. SHABBAT SERVICES
5. SELICHOT SERVICE SATURDAY EVENING
6. INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM COURSE BEGINS NOVEMBER 3
Hello Temple Sinai!
I want to first apologize to anyone who has emailed me and didn’t get a prompt response.
As we approach the High Holy Days, I want to apologize and ask your forgiveness and patience. Also, on this 18th anniversary of September 11, we remember those who died and we should pause and reflect on the changes in our nation and world since those attacks. How is the America we live in today rooted in that tragic day 18 years ago?
Also this week: Close the Camps campaign, Adult B’nei Mitzvah and Intro to Judaism classes, Shabbat Services (with a baby naming!), Upcoming Selichot Service,
I’ve been speaking often in the past months about the importance of not reducing complex issues to two opposing sides, a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ side, a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ side, but rather to challenge ourselves in these polarized times to think and speak in more complex ways. Judaism has always seen complexity in difficult issues, refusing to oversimplify, and insisting on honoring the value of debate and of opinions we don’t share.