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A Finely Balanced Network

Rabbi Asher Gottesfeld Knight tells the story of Michelangelo’s David - where cracks along the ankles mean that a tiny movement could cause the statue to fall, and crumple to dust and compares this delicate balance to the balance of society around us.

Were gas prices to rise, or wheat not be harvested on time - or if very many things like this were to happen at once, our lives would be noticeably disrupted for the worst.

This week’s Torah portions seems to be about an ancient skin disease - but the rabbis of the Talmud and the mystics of the Zohar say that plagues appear to show us the disorder of society - to highlight social inequality - and remind us to speak up and not remain silent.

I was able to attend the Jewish Hustings organised by many partners here at SWESRS on Wednesday evening - and hear about how the parties running for election for Redbridge Council work against Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.  I heard how they would prioritise public space and the social good.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Board of Deputies Jewish manifesto called for more than just support of Israel, but also support of the most vulnerable here - not a communal stance I am used to from North America.

This week we remember that our world is precariously balanced and if we don’t remember to vote and raise our voices through whatever means are available to us.

I hope your Pesach preparations are going well - if you are looking for a space for a first night seder, or have an empty seat - please be in touch: rabbijordan@swesrs.org.uk 

 

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Jordan