Lech Lecha, our Torah reading this week, is our introduction to Avram and Sarai. Ten generations after Noach, Avram is called by God to lech lecha, to leave his father’s house, his homeland and go to the Land that God will show him. This Land will become Israel, the land of the Jews for over three thousand years. It is a deep and eternal heritage of land. Most Jews of course suffering through millennia of colonizers from the Assyrians to the Syrian-Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, the British – were exiled from Israel, or not allowed to enter, until that miraculous day in 1948, when Israel became a Jewish homeland again.
The news is full of very worrying events aimed at demonizing Jews today in Canada, never mind Israel. We have increased our level of security at our shul; our students at UVic are doing their best to level the tide of hatred that is focused on them. They need our support and our protection.
We are offering a free bowl of matzah ball soup to any student who needs refuge. The Deli is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 – 1; come, sit together, take a minute and know we love you, and want you to always feel welcome within our walls. I am often at the JCC through the lunch hour, please let me know if you would like to meet, catch up, share some news.
With love, wishing you long life.Rabbi Lynn
PS: I invite you to listen to these remarks from Rabbi Anglea Buchdahl after the October 7th massacre: Israel At War: In the Beginning There Was The Word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAEjbCtZiqw