After returning home from two break fasts Wednesday, I sat down to watch the last critical game between the Nats and the Dodgers. Tuning into the 6th inning things didn’t look so good for the Nats. I tried to stay awake but dozed off in the 8th. Awakening at 12:30 I thought I had missed the rest of the game but, no, I awoke in the 10th to hear and see a recap of Kendricks grand slam, putting the Nats ahead by four!
Like the Nats we have some more exciting days ahead in the Jewish “Playoff” season. The harvest and earth festival of Sukkot begins Sunday night. Today we begin building our Sukkahs, both at home and at Sanctuary. We’re planning a special Sukkot for our members and friends at Sanctuary on October 19.
But Sukkot this year is different. Inspired by the Global Climate Strike and actions a couple of weeks ago and a call to action by Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center, I’ve brought together several groups to celebrate Sukkot across from the White House in Lafayette Park. This Sukkot Vigil for the Earth and Water Libation Ceremony will take place Wednesday, October 16th at 11:30am. Our purpose is to honor the Earth and demand corporate and governmental accountability and responsibility. After the Vigil and rituals, we will walk to Chase Bank at 1401 New York Ave, NW to meet with management and leaflet customers and pedestrians.
In ancient times a unique ceremony was performed every morning throughout the Sukkot holiday. It was called the Nisuch ha-Mayim or the Drawing of Water, a libation ritual. According to the Talmud, Sukkot is the time of year in which God judges the world for rainfall, asking for God's blessing for rain in its proper time.
Today, in order to receive God’s blessings, we must call attention to those among us and those in power who are disrupting the life on planet earth and all the inhabitants and life forms that dwell here. Increasing droughts around the world are directly caused by climate change. We must also be held accountable for allowing corporate greed and abusive leadership to determine our future.
JP Morgan Chase plays the biggest recent role in funding fossil fuel projects to the tune of billions of dollars. “In the last three years, the bank’s fossil fuel financing totaled over $195 billion – nearly 30% higher than the next largest bank funder! And even more astoundingly, the bank has provided $67 billion in financing for fossil fuel expansion in the three years following the Paris Agreement. That is 68% higher than then next largest bank funder!”
We are joining Green America’s campaign to focus on Chase to alter their fossil fuel investments and take responsibility for the climate crisis that we all face. At Chase we hope to meet with the managers. Our action will be peaceful and no arrests are expected.
Understanding that most of you may not be able to come, we invite you to find out more about Green America and their campaigns. Brachot, and Khag Sameyakh, Reb David