We dwell in a time of opposites.
Upon seeing a good friend strategy, as a substitute of drawing close to, most of us fall again.
Instead of shaking arms and embracing, we do a fist bump or elbow contact.
Conferences by way of Zoom or FaceTime or phone take the place of in-person gatherings.
On a private degree, my household was planning to relocate to Lake Charles for me to change into the primary resident rabbi for Temple Sinai in 22 years.
We had our dwelling completely packed the day earlier than Hurricane Laura approached.
We all of the sudden postponed loading the transferring van.
The house we had just lately bought in Lake Charles was broken by Laura after which once more by Delta.
Our transfer was in response to the continued urging of our synagogue in Lake Charles, to which I had been commuting for 10 years. Our membership actually wished us to change into their Resident Rabbi household. We had lastly made the choice this spring.
l consider my household and I are in some way personifying this time of opposites.
We’re transferring from a apartment into a brand new dwelling as soon as it’s totally restored.
I’m transitioning in my late 70s from part-time to full-time work.
We’re leaving an attractive metropolis that’s fairly effectively put collectively to a really robust metropolis that has been devastated.
Nonetheless, I’m assured that in some way this new flip in our household’s life represents a lot of what our valuable Louisiana, America and the world are experiencing as effectively.
That is certainly a time of renewal and hope for all amid overwhelming challenges.
It would effectively be that almost all of us might be having a digital Thanksgiving, digitally shut however not in individual.
Nonetheless, I consider with all my coronary heart that we’re rediscovering the deep worth of private relationships and friendships.
Much more, I consider with all my coronary heart that as we attain out to at least one one other over the web or phone, this most troublesome time of our lives can change into the supply of even deeper Thanksgiving.
I’ve tried in these months of isolation to take pen in hand and write a letter on paper or on a card, the old school method, discover an envelope and a stamp and slip my notice within the mail. On this method the recipient has time to learn my phrases and hopefully to carry on to the letter for a couple of moments and know that with it come my love and concern.
The older I change into I consider that what occurs in life usually has a deeper assembly then we first discern.
Possibly, simply perhaps, this pandemic with storms each bodily and psychological, can remind us on this time of opposites that the little issues are actually the most important: empathy, sensitivity, compassion and most of all love.
So my Thanksgiving prayer for all of us is to succeed in out to at least one one other on this time of opposites with even higher empathy and love for each other as collectively we give thanks for the persevering with items of life, love and with assist from the Supply of Goodness the blessings of therapeutic, restore, and restoration.
Blissful Thanksgiving 2020!
— Weinstein lives in Baton Rouge
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