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An enduring message from the Torah in troubled times

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:51 am

Just three hours after the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was called to chant Torah in Phoenix as I became a bat mitzvah at the age of 55. As part of my service, I explained the relevance of my Torah portion. In light of recent events, including the massacre of Jews as they prayed, my Torah portion has special significance. Here is what I said:

As I become a bat mitzvah today, you may be surprised to learn that I sat in services on Rosh Hashanah this year, as in most other years, wondering why I am Jewish. Now, before you wonder why you traveled across the country or across town, let me explain.

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