This week's Parsha is a double header with both the Tazria and Metzora passages addressing purification rites, skin disease and various rituals for welcoming those who had been afflicted back into the community. These passages are not very pleasant to read.
This weekend in DC and around the country thousands of people will join the People's Climate March. In many ways, this event is a mass rite of cleansing our selves and a desperate cry to our irresponsible leaders to heal the disease that has afflicted them. A steering committee of 50 organizations are working together to address the climate crisis and the growing pollution of our air and water, while also assuring the creation of good jobs in our communities. This project is supported by over 500 other partner organizations. Am Kolel and Kehila Chadasha, are among the partners.
It is also Shabbat. Shabbat was the first Earth Day, a weekly day of renewal, when the social order and the natural order lived in harmony. The traditional observance of the Sabbath calls on us not to create, consume or destroy anything in nature. Traditionally, we refrain from changing the social order as well. Our relationship with each other and the earth would elevate our spirit and give us a taste of Eden and of a Messianic Time.
Double-header? A second event this weekend has more particular meaning to the Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian world. Sunday, April 30, is Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembrance for Israel's fallen. Just as Metzorah is about Tikkun and healing there is a Yom HaZikaron event in Tel Aviv sponsored by the Parents Forum and Combatants for Peace that will remember Israel's fallen and Palestinian's fallen in their struggle. Some of us will gather at the DCJCC at 7 pm to watch part of the Tel Aviv event and also offer our prayers for healing, forgiveness and peace.
May these two events reawaken our souls to aspire to a redeemed World. "Nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn of war anymore." (Isaiah) Brachot, Reb David