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  • Rabbi Max Davis

This Week's Events

Many of us viewed yesterday's assault on the Capitol with grave concern and elected officials from all parties have already condemned such tactics in the strongest possible language. Permit me a personal note as a 'transplant' to Minnesota that recent events have made me deeply appreciative of our state's history and ethos of bipartisanship and civility. I pray that these values, which are in critically short supply, may take root in the days ahead as our eyes have been reopened to the painful reality of the fragility of our democracy. Two prayers and two quotes for your consideration. My thanks to Rabbi Chaim Marder and Rabbi Yonatan Cohen. From the Amidah הָשִֽׁיבָה שׁוֹפְ֒טֵֽינוּ כְּבָרִאשׁוֹנָה וְיוֹעֲצֵֽינוּ כְּבַתְּ֒חִלָּה וְהָסֵר מִמֶּֽנּוּ יָגוֹן וַאֲנָחָה וּמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ אַתָּה ה' לְבַדְּ֒ךָ בְּחֶֽסֶד וּבְרַחֲמִים וְצַדְּ֒קֵֽנוּ בַּמִשְׁפָּט: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה מֶֽלֶךְ אֹהֵב צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט: Restore our judges. as before and our counselors as at first. Remove sorrow and sighing from us, and reign over us You, Adonoy, alone with kindness and compassion; and make us righteous with justice, Blessed are You, Sovereign, Lover of righteousness and justice. From President George Washington, 1783 I now make it my earnest prayer, that G-d would have the United States in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation. Amen From Mr. Fred Rogers “Our children will learn a lot about expressing their feelings by watching how we express ours. And we need to let them know that the violent expressions of anger that they see around them are not the way it has to be.” “At many times throughout their lives, children will feel the world has turned topsy-turvy. It’s not the ever-present smile that will help them feel secure. It’s knowing that love can hold many feelings including sadness, and that they can count on the people they love to be with them until the world turns right side up again.”

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