Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just a Moment

In Jewish thought, there are various ways to pay respects to a tragedy that occurs. Whether it be a family tragedy, communal tragedy, or national tragedy, we have our ways. Attending a levaya, going to a shiva, making a hachlata are three of them.

In America, when a national tragedy occurs, there are other ways to mourn. Politicians promise better security, memorials are built, and moments of silence are held.

Personally, I think a moment of silence is a beautiful way to acknowledge a tragedy. None of us are so careful with our time that we can't afford a minute to think about what happened 12 years ago tomorrow, when the nation stops its business to think back to the horror of 9/11.

The attack of 9/11 hurt Jews as much as it hurt America. We lost brothers and sisters.

This year, 9/11 occurs between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 9/11 showed a how fleeting life can be, and Yom Kippur, is the penultimate time to reflect on precisely that.

If I dare, during the moment of silence tomorrow, not only should we pay our respects to those who lost their lives on 9/11, we should combine that moment with reflections on the upcoming Day of Judgement. Think about ways we can improve and change ourselves for the better.

It's just a minute, a pittance of time.

(This song was written by a Canadian for Remembrance Day, but it's a beautiful song, and quite fitting I think.)