From the Rabbi - August 2011 Print
Dear Friends,

By now, you have received a folder in the mail describing Corpus Christi’s Religious Remembrance of the awful and tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Eight congregations have combined their commemorative efforts in a very special way, and I hope each of you will find it possible to participate.

We decided early in our interfaith discussion that just having a service or services, even with lots of appropriate words, would not be adequate.  I recalled the rabbinic adage that holds that “study and discussion are not the important things, but action.”  My colleagues all had the same idea.  We believe that we can best honor the sacrifices of the men and women who were killed ten years ago and their survivors who today live with the pain of loss by helping create a better community in which to live.  We believe that the most appropriate response to the cowardly and dastardly actions of terrorists is to assert as strongly as possible and with as many people of as many different faiths as possible that human beings can make a real difference in how we forge a righteous and equitable society.

To this end, we are asking our members to sign up for one of a list of social action projects in Corpus Christi.  They are described on the inside of the mailed-out folder.  If you don’t have it anymore, we’ll be glad to send you another copy.  What we want you to do in response is to call us and put your name on the list for one of the projects, then show up and make a strong statement about what Judaism and religion, in general, demands that we do.

The biblical prophet, Isaiah, told his listeners that the day that would be acceptable to God involved removing the fetters of wickedness, undoing oppression, promoting freedom, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked – in short, what God wants from us is tikkun olam, repairing this broken and imperfect world.

Of course, we shall also speak words of prayer and solace.  Our service on Friday, September 9, will be connected thematically with the destruction that occurred ten years ago.  And then, at 6:00 PM on Sunday, September 11, members of all the congregations will gather at the First United Methodist Church for an interfaith commemorative event.

I look forward to working with you in some of the projects and to seeing you at the services on the 9th and the 11th.
            Kenneth D. Roseman, Rabbi