Communal Tragedy

As individuals, we all know pain and loss. It is the rare person who escapes sorrow. But when one of us hurts, others are there to offer comfort. Communal tragedy is different. When something bad happens to us as a community—whether that is a school, a town, a people, or a country—we struggle to figure out how to tend to our own wounds while taking care of each other. Drawing on compassion, empathy, justice, and love, we can bring out the best in each other, and perhaps, find a theology of hope in the midst of despair.

To the Terrorist

By Alden Solovy
"You who would hold the sky captive, / The sea prisoner, / The land in chains…"   more

Tags: 9/11

One is Everything

By Alden Solovy
We're surrounded by the death of innocents. Orlando. Nice. Dallas. Tel Aviv. Innocents dead at the hand of terror. Innocents dead at the hand of gun violence. Innocents dead at the hand of...  more
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Tags: kaddish

Two Fathers Grieving

By Alden Solovy
When I made aliyah to Israel four years ago, several obvious experiences never crossed my mind. What it would feel like to run to a bomb shelter. How close friends might need support when their...  more
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It Could Have Been Me

By Rabbi Nathan Weiner
It could have been me. I could have retreated to the safe space of a gay bar or club in order to dance with a man, to hold his hand, to kiss him in safety. One of my safe havens, a safe space for...  more
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Tags: LGBTIQ, Orlando