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Time To Hug A Shul

Riverdale Jews wanted to do something in reaction to the terrorist plot to blow up two shuls — but what? If you weren’t a rabbi or a politician getting your picture taken, the interfaith gathering (May 21) at Riverdale Jewish Center was as much of a dud as the fake bombs. On the other hand, no one really wanted to have a outdoor rally with speakers and placards. Someone suggested a candelight vigil, or community march, such as black leaders organized the other week after the accidental shooting of a black policeman. The black leaders understood that a communal display of unity and dignity was not only a tribute to the deceased but a statement of caring that would get media reaction, as well as giving a traumatized neighborhood inspiration, a sense of community, and something to do — if only to walk.

Jewish Continuity & Tuna Continuity

Anyone who keeps a semblance of kosher knows that the tuna — be it as a tuna fish sandwich or sushi — is the most important Jewish fish of all. (Whitefish and Pike place and show). The tuna is to the luncheonette what the chicken is to the Shabbos table, no other wildlife have sacrificed more for the Jewish people. If God created the Leviathan fish for the Great Feast when the Messiah comes, He created the tuna for these days while he tarries. That’s why this article in The Wall Street Journal has me so concerned.
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