A Message from Rabbi Kleinberg: What a Week
What a week.
What I’m grateful for:
- I am grateful for our students for being so brave at this time, for showing up for Zoom classes, and for being there for one another.
- I am grateful for our faculty who have shown, once again, and in extraordinary fashion, the extent of their dedication to their students.
- I am grateful to our Crisis Response Team for our daily meetings where we face tough decisions with calm, sensitivity, and care.
- I am grateful to my family for their love and presence as we draw ever closer to one another.
What troubles me:
Today, I learned from a colleague about the xenophobic treatment of Asian Americans in the Bay Area (and likely beyond). Racism and prejudice always appear to be lurking just below the surface in this country and I wonder what we can do to resist the potential of a rising tide of hatred at this time.
Where I find inspiration:
In the mornings when I walk our dog, Bronco, I notice how much more birdsong there is. Certainly, it’s because there’s less car and air traffic, but maybe it’s also because, through all the craziness of this moment we are living through, the things that really matter are beginning to make a comeback: nature, family, friendship, wonder, and gratitude for it all. This is the thought and prayer I’m holding as we close out week one and welcome Shabbat and the weekend. Hard as it may be to perceive right now, the peristaltic movement that is woven into reality means that, when this contraction passes (as they always do), there will be an abundant expansion bringing new life and opportunity. If I listen closely, I can even hear the faint whisper of what is yet to come.
As we transition into Shabbat and the weekend, I hope you will find time for gratitude, acknowledging what troubles you, and finding inspiration as you recharge from a long week.
With love and blessings,