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Rabbi's Week In Review - 4/5/2021

04/05/2021 02:36:00 PM

Apr5

We now see Passover 5781 in our rearview mirror, yet we know that, after the celebration of our exodus from Egypt, we have many trials and tribulations ahead from there in our very long history. After centuries of slavery and/or persecution, we are grateful for being free to make choices about our own future, religious and otherwise. Yet we know that the scourge of anti-Semitism is real and an ongoing threat.

After more than a year of living with COVID-19, we are at a time when there is more hope for our future. As of this writing, the United States is administering over 4 million vaccines per day. We have much further to go before achieving herd immunity. Until we have done so, we must do our part by continuing to mask up and conform to CDC guidelines.  

I was able to receive my second vaccine this past week. I am grateful to have received it, and I look forward to getting through the next two weeks, to a time when I can more comfortably be in a small-group space. However, I will not feel full gratitude until everyone in our city, state and, yes, in our world can receive this much-needed vaccine. No one should get sick or die (G-d forbid) when there is a vaccine available to prevent such tragedy.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as policy changes within our Kol Ami community, based on CDC and local guidelines and requirements. Now that the weather is warming up, there will be opportunities to gather together outdoors — as we did during the past year — in spaces where social distance can be maintained and everyone agrees to keep masks on.  

I am looking forward, with enormous anticipation, to being together, to giving and getting some hugs, and to sharing life together as our Kol Ami family.

Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyyar 5781