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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub
December 18, 2014

Michael Brown and Eric Garner

A Jewish Perspective

The following is a sermon I gave last Shabbat, Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37-40). I welcome comments.
This week's Parsha opens with an unflattering depiction of the adolescent Joseph. He is the spoiled son of his father, and tattles on his hard-working brothers while he does not share in their labor. In a fairly transparent dream he seems to imagines his parents and brothers bowing to him, and unabashedly shares the dream with the family. While his sale to the traveling caravan of traders is not justified, one can understand the brothers' resentment.
In Egypt, Joseph matures. Because of his wisdom and self-restraint, in the palace and in the dungeon, the Rabbis call Joseph a paradigmatic Tzaddik, or saint. Joseph is also the paradigmatic exile. He is ripped apart from his home and placed early on in a marginal position in a totally new society. Yet, instead of accepting isolation and defeat, he develops a vision which can include everyone. His magnanimity and insight allow him to understand all the residents of the Kingdom from the serfs to the vassals, from the despised to the elite.

At that time, the Egyptian empire was a large and powerful but also anxious and fearful place. The Hyksos, an Asiatic Tribe who had settled in Egypt, were a fifth column, other nations stood ready to invade, there was constant warfare in Eastern provinces, and as we see in next week's Parsha, a massive and potentially murderous drought loomed.

I studied this narrative this week, not only as Parsha of the week but also in light of the fear and resentment now simmering in our own cities. The killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the protests which followed highlight a longstanding problem in many American cities, where a stunningly high number of African American men are involved in lethal encounters with police.

The shootings are not limited to poor communities. Prince Georges County, Maryland , where my older son attends college, is one of the most affluent counties in America with an African American majority. There, African Americans experienced in recent decades a pattern of abuse so persistent that it led to Justice Department intervention in 2004. (The abuse is at the hands of black as well as white officers, which should give us pause before hurling accusations of racism at the police.) Sixty years after the Little Rock Supreme Court School Desegregation decision, innocent, law abiding African American Congressmen, professional athletes, professors, physicians, and my African American ministerial colleagues report hostile stops and questioning by police.

How should we as Jews respond to all of this?

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At Kane Street, we bring the wisdom and compassion of Jewish traditions to all, regardless of one’s background. Within our community are very traditional Jews and secularists, families and singles, straight and gay. Our members include many Jews-by-choice (converts) as well as interfaith families and Jews who are returning to their roots. We are rightly regarded as a community where any sincere person can find a place.

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News and Upcoming Events

Kane Street Weather Update

Due to the weather, all Kane Street programs for today and tomorrow are canceled and the building will be closed from Monday Jan 26, 4:00 PM through Tuesday Jan 27. We will notify Pre-School and Hebrew School families should we need to remain closed on Wednesday.

Fiesta Auction 2015

Sunday, March 8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us for an enjoyable evening supporting Kane Street Synagogue’s youth and family programs. This fun and festive gathering is a great opportunity for your family to meet new and existing members of the Kane Street community. Enjoy Fiesta-inspired hors d’oeuvres, custom cocktails poured by New York Times Spirits Writer, Robert Simonson, and live music while bidding on local goods and services. Click here to buy your tickets now!

Yashir Ko’ach to our Homeless Shelter Volunteers

As every year, last month, for three weeks, members of our community volunteered with the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Homeless Shelter, providing nutritious food and housing in a safe and dignified setting for ten homeless men. We extend a heartfelt Yashir Ko’ach to these volunteers for the many Mitzvot they fulfilled, including Kiddush HaShem, sanctifying the name and reputation of G-d, Torah and Israel by public acts of kindness and integrity. Click here for the full list of our wonderful Kane Street members and friends who donated their time and made a difference.

Upcoming Family Events & Programs

PJ Library, Bialy Rock, Family Services, Purim Extravaganza, any many more! Check out all that Kane Street has to offer for families with children 5 and younger this winter and spring.
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Storybook Theater: A Class for Pre-K Kids

Storybook Theater is a blend of storytelling, creative exploration and performance designed to entertain and educate children about Jewish values and important topics essential to youth development. Does your child want to be a superhero? a princess? a T-Rex? a butterfly? Matt Dorter of Mainstages brings an array of puppets, costumes, backdrops plus many years of experience teaching drama to kids for a fun-filled afternoon.
7 sessions plus a performance, starting January 15th. Thursdays 2:10pm – 2:55pm. $150 for synagogue members; $200 for non-members. Please Email Rabbi Valerie to sign-up your child.

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