This Shabbat, Shabbat Devarim, rolls right into Tisha B'Av, the 9th of Av, a day in which we mourn over the destruction of the Temple (both times occurring on the same Hebrew date) as well as other Jewish tragedies that have occurred. It is a sad day in which Jews from all over the world mark this day and remember.
This Tisha B'Av has even more meaning for us today. With the 2012 Olympics beginning in England, we must also remember the Munich Massacre in which 11 Israeli Olympians and coaches were tortured and killed 40 years ago. At Temple Kol Emeth, we will observe a minute of silence prior to our welcoming Shabbat. We will take a minute to remember those 11 Israelis and all of those who have died because of senseless violence throughout the world. As we get ourselves ready for Shabbat and we think of those in our lives and in our communities that may have been forgotten, let us also remember the fallen 11:
Dear God, how could we forget?
So many times in our history, we have moments we must remember.
As we are moving on in our lives from one tragedy, we witness another.
How shall we prepare our children for their future? How can we know?
Dear God, shall we try to forget?
So many lives lost, so many souls that yearn for their lost loved one.
As we open our eyes to the possibilities of tomorrow, we still dwell on yesterday.
How will our children respond to future tragedies? How will they know?
Dear God, will they forget?
So many moments to ponder, so many broken dreams and ideas.
As we take one step, one day at a time, we look to a future of peace.
How will we know how to live without war? What shall we learn from peace?
Dear God, We will NEVER forget....
All of the death, all of the anger, all of the frustration.
All of the life, all of the happiness, all of the wonderment.
All of it is a part of our lives and we will strive to live our lives as best as we can.
Dear God, Do not forget us and we will not forget you. We shall remember the brit.
We shall remember the covenant. We shall reach out our hands and embrace each
other in love, in peace and in solidarity.
--- Rabbi Boxt