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Promises of Prophets

Nation Shall Not Lift Up Sword Against Nation - Neither Shall There Be War Anymore  -Isaiah 2:4

As the gathering evil strikes again and again, devastating communities and leaving families broken, I can’t help wonder about the promises of prophets both ancient and new that war shall no longer ravage our earth and those we once thought were aggressors would lay down with the stereotypical victims of our world.

We pray for peace and we build an international system designed to keep the peace.  Rene Cassin’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, was meant to provide all with “the economic, social, political, cultural and civic rights that underpin a life free form want and fear.”

That one of the UN Security Council permanent members, with a veto seeks to depose a democratically elected government puts the current international system - with both its issues and its successes - under threat.

We need a system of laws and checks and balances, or else there is hunger in our world.  While we can’t bring about peace just by willing it we can prepare to help families seeking shelter from the attacks which have rocked their world.   The sages teach this in Pirkei Avot :  (3:21): In Ein Kemach Ein Torah - If there is no sustenance, there is no Torah. And if there is no Torah, there is no sustenance.

Our government is doing its best to dance a dangerous waltz between maintaining order while advocating for democratic peace.

Our community must do its best to make sure that we are ready to help refugees when they arrive here - providing them with food so that Torah can return to their lives.  We can make the promises of our prophets come true not yet on a global scale - but we can in the lives of those seeking safety. As opportunities arise, I hope you will join me in helping Jews and non-Jews who are seeking stability.

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Jordan