Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
Parashat Re’eh

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:46 pm

Shabbat Ends: 8:52 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Ayala & Dan Sher 

Please note there will be NO Downstairs Minyan this Shabbat.

Shabbat in the Park will be at Craig Henry Park(weather permitting)  this Shabbat from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Re’eh:                          

The insightful words in this week’s Torah reading present a lesson to decent people witnessing what happened this past week, first in Charlottesville, Virginia and in Barcelona, Spain. The Torah relates that one shall ‘not have compassion for,’ nor cover up’ evil that is perpetrated. While the Torah speaks about the punishment to be meted out to those who convince an entire city population to adopt idolatry as a way of life, it admonition not to show any mercy to these individuals resounds in our own time.

Evil is evil. This tautology, while seemingly obvious, loses meaning when people draw the insidious conclusions of moral equivalence in comparing two sides to a conflict. President Trump infamously speaks about his perception that there were bad people on both sides of the conflict in Charlottesville, in failing at first and later to distinguish between the actions of the members of the KKK and neo-Nazis with those of the protesters. Moral equivalence by its very nature attenuates the arguments that support the points of view who sincerely question and challenge the approaches of those who espouse evil.  Moral equivalence neutralizes those who truly represent reflect moral positions. There should be no argument that white supremacy, advocated by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazis has no justification and no legitimate rationalization in our society.

Similarly, the actions of ISIS supporters in Barcelona, while roundly condemned now, universally should not in the future be extolled by wannabee freedom fighters or terrorists who try to convert ignorant youth to their cause. Rashi, in addressing the phrase taken from the Torah portion this week cited in our opening paragraph, says that one is forbidden to argue in favour of those who espouse destruction. Rationalization has no place in the arena of moral speech and action.

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