Messages from Rabbi Russo

September 30, 2016 -27 Elul

Shimon Peres z''l is remembered for how he changed history with his strong sense of integrity and morality.  He is remembered for his integral role in founding the State of Israel, his two terms as Prime Minister, President, Foreign Minister, and his unwavering commitment to peace.  We lost one of the greats this week.  His funeral brought together Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.  This is no small feat.  As we mourn Shimon Peres z''l, we also to take to heart the values that he stood for during his lifetime.  

In Parashat Nitzavim, we read, "Atem Nitzavim Kulkhem -- You are all standing today before the Lord your God."  One of Peres's greatest acts was his ability to change his mind as life unfolded before him.  Shimon Peres z''l stood for something and his convictions changed the course of human history.  What do you stand for? It is important for us to ask ourselves this question on this last Shabbat of Elul as we remember Shimon Peres z''l.

Shabbat Shalom.