On this #ShabbatShuva, the Sabbath of “Return”, many of us across this country and especially those of us in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania will pause from these Days of Awe when we reflect upon our own years past and consider the year ahead; we might return to the haunting memories of that September 11th morning 20 years ago yet, 20 years later it will all still feel just as if it were yesterday.

While we have spent much of these Yamim Noraim carrying forward the traditions of our people from generation to generation, this year let us take time to carry forward not the pain and anguish of 9/11 to a generation that now exists without their own personal account of the events of that September morning. Rather, in a time and place where our country remains so divided on so many issues and perspectives, this year, let us carry forward from one generation to the next the lessons and experience of September 12 and each day thereafter where we were one nation, united by tragedy, together in our grief; a nation renewed in our pride to be United States citizens.

On this Shabbat Shuva, this Holy Week between #RoshHashanah and #YomKippur as we greet one another with the customary “G’mar Chatima Tova” (May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for good), let us also pray and wish for our country to be inscribed for a year where we as a nation return to a time of unity, of pride; a time just like September 12, 2001, when we were all one nation, under G-d; united by our common values, not by our differences.

Our G-d and G-d of our ancestors…Unite the inhabitants of our country, of all backgrounds and creeds, so that we may banish hatred and bigotry, safeguard our noblest ideals, and preserve those institutions which nurture liberty.

May this land under Your Providence be an influence for good throughout the world, helping us to unite all peoples in peace and freedom, and bringing closer to fulfillment the visions of your prophets:

‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.’ ‘For the work of the righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness calm and confidence forever.’ Amen.


Shabbat Shalom 🕯✡️🕯 שבת שלום



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