As Jews, we have learned from our history and understand full well the fragility of life, and how quickly circumstances can ﬂip. Indeed, we even have holidays like Sukkot, when we purposely spend time in a temporary structure – a reminder of the transience and fragility of life. Last month’s tornadoes, occurring just two days before the start of Sukkot, were a powerful and dramatic reminder of how quickly life can change.
For the many Jewish families with homes in the storms’ destructive path, it was also a reminder of our community’s tremendous generosity and caring. Our community quickly banded together helping those without power and food. There are so many stories of kindness as people and agencies stepped up to help those most affected. These acts of kindness, large and small, are simply part of what we do. [Read more…]