Imagine

study_torahImagine…

Imagine an America where no one exercised their right to vote …
Imagine an America where no one understood the meaning of the Constitution and the rights guaranteed by the Constitution …

Imagine an America where no one understood the structure or function of our system of government …

Imagine an America where no one understood the meaning of Independence Day – July 4 …

Imagine an America where no one knew the Pledge of Allegiance …

Imagine an America where no one valued the ideals of democracy, freedom, liberty or equality …

Could America endure?

Now,

Imagine a Jewish people who did not understand their relationship with God …
Imagine a Jewish people who knew little or nothing about their Jewish history …

Imagine a Jewish people who did not know Torah …

Imagine a Jewish people who had no idea about Passover or its meaning …

Imagine a Jewish people where no one knew the Shema …

Imagine a Jewish people who did not know Hebrew – the language of the people …

Imagine a Jewish people who did not value their connection to the land of Israel …

Imagine a Jewish people who did not value the ideals of ethical monotheism, Klal Yisrael, Talmud Torah, Derekh Eretz …

 

Could the Jewish people survive?

As we approach Yom Kippur, nearing the end of the Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance, the time is now for the serious Jew to ask the essential questions and do the hard work of this time of year; time to reflect. A time to appreciate all of our blessings and gifts in life, and also think about what we may want to do differently next year as American citizens and as Jews!

Who are we? Why are we here?

What can we each do to make our lives more meaningful?

How can each of us grow?

How do we become better people?

How do we recommit to live the values of our family and the values of our people?

Let’s not only imagine; rather, let’s commit to action!

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