As I write, residents of Ottawa and Dunrobin who were hit by tornadoes just before Sukkot are assessing the damage to their homes and are in the process of rebuilding. Many families were affected by this traumatic event, including a large number of families from the Jewish community. Although Congregation Beit Tikvah, thankfully, did not suffer from any damage to our facility, congregants and others who live within walking distance of the shul were not so fortunate. Scenes of fallen trees and damaged homes stand out in my mind, and in the minds of others.
But, there is a flip side to this event. The coming together of community, the acts of chesed that were so amazing and touching, were performed over and over again by all kinds of people: neighbours, strangers, friends and others. An important element is what is called Hakarat Hatov, acknowledgement of that which is good, which is necessary to cite. [Read more…]