Central Florida 100: space tourism, opioids and vaccine
David Kay, Rabbi, Congregation Ohev Shalom
Last week: HISTORICAL JEWISH DIVISIONS: Last week marked 9 Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year. Tradition holds great catastrophes, both ancient and later, that occurred on this day, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. The catalyst for the shaving of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 CE was “sinat chinam” – baseless hatred. First-century Judea was beset by social and political upheaval and division. Rather than keeping in mind shared values and the basic needs of a just society, too many people have chosen to ridicule and vilify. There is a lesson in this for us.
Looking forward: END OF A CHAPTER: Well, that’s the biggest local story for me, anyway. My term as Chair Rabbi ends next weekend. “Retirement” is not the right word, since – like a doctor – one does not return the title. (And that’s as close as I can get to fulfill every Jewish mother’s dream of having a doctor son.) Plus, I’m just stepping back from the pulpit. My wife and I are blessed with good health and vitality, so there are still more chapters to write. I look forward to continuing to serve the Central Florida community in other ways.