In this parashah, the text emphasizes chesed, which is central to the Jewish value system. He cites Rev Simlai, who taught that the Torah begins and ends with an act of kindness: God clothes the naked and God buries Moses. Many see chesed as even higher than tzedakah.
Rabbi writes about changing the world, using the lessons from parashat Vayeira; hospitality, kindness, meaningful dialogue, courage. In times of crisis, human actions can change biblical events.
Please check out the YouTube video below for a beautiful rendition of Hashkiveinu by Cantor Lisa Peicott to prepare you for the next Shabbat.
Rabbi Morris Kamil was raised with a dedication to social justice and Tikkun olam. In her rabbinate at Ahavat Torah she is continuing her work as an activist.