Running Out to Help
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From Rabbi David
We have had over twenty Israeli children in our classrooms, on our playground and in our community this past week. With the launch of Mercaz Sinai we have been able to provide a safe, loving educational space for children that have left Israel due to the war.
There are many schools and organizations taking children in. What amazes me is how quickly our community ran out to care for our new Israeli friends. Our teachers, parents, community partners, temple board members and your children - didn't hesitate for even a moment to do this important work.
This week's parsha begins with the story of Avraham sitting at the entrance of his tent:
וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אָרְצָה׃
Looking up, he saw three figures standing near him. Perceiving this, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them and, bowing to the ground
He doesn't sit in his doorway waiting for them to approach, he runs out to greet them. There are lots of good people in the world who, when given the opportunity, will help. There are a few that will run out to find those opportunities to help. We should all be proud to be part of a Temple Sinai community that runs out to help.