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03/18/19

On Sunday, March 17th, I attended the Community Du'ah and Solidarity Gathering for South Bay Muslim community at the Islamic Center of the South Bay with other local clergy and members of the religious community.  Below are the words I shared:

It is an honor and a sacred privilege to be with you on this dark day, to extend a hand and a heart in solidarity to your community, on behalf of mine. It was just over four months ago that the Jewish community was a target of brutal, callous violence carried out during a time of prayer, just as the Muslim community was this week. The days after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, our community gathered and you came and you spoke and you were there for us. The light that you brought to us was palpable.

Oh how I wish that we did not need to gather today to support you in this way. Oh how I wish that the reprehensible bloodshed in Christchurch did not happen. Oh how I wish that the ugly face of hatred was hidden in this day. But the manifestation of hatred has reared its ugly head once again, and once again, innocent blood was shed. And once again, we gather together as people of faith to support our brothers and sisters who are grieving.

On this day of grieving and of support and of solidarity and of undeterred prayers for peace in this world, I can’t help but think of a 19thcentury tale:

It is the story of a man who had been wandering about in a forest for several days trying to find his way out. Whichever way he went, he was unsuccessful.

Suddenly he saw a person approaching him. He was thrilled. “Now I will most certainly find out which is the right way,” he thought to himself.

When the two men approached one another, the lost man asked his fellow: “Brother, tell me which is the right way. I have been wandering about in this forest for several days and no matter how hard I try, I cannot find my way out.”

Said the other to him, “Brother, I do not know the way out either. For I too have been wandering about here for many, many days. But this I can tell you: do not take the way I have been taking, for that will lead you astray. I cannot tell you which way to go, but I can tell you that we will walk together. We will find the way together.”

To our Muslim brothers and sisters, on this sad day, I say to you:

I do not know the way out of this dizzying forest of hatred and violence and terror. Oh how I wish I did. What I do know, though, is that we will continue to walk together and one day, some day, with an unwavering persistence and determination and faith and humanity, together, we will find our way to healing and goodness and Godliness and hope and peace.

Oseh shalom bimromav hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol ha-olam

May the One who makes peace in all the high places bring peace to us and help us to bring peace to each other and to our world.

Together, we will find the way.

Amen.

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