Rabbi Barenblat writes of how can we welcome Shabbat when we are so encumbered with horror and grief? She concludes with the observation that Shabbat is our foretaste of the world to come, before which we must get through the next week of trouble. She continues her blog with observations on Bereishit; the chaos in the beginning, the chaos before the formation of the State of Israel, the chaos that we are witnessing today. She references the sorrow of Cain and Abel, and God’s choice to favor one over the other. She concludes with the observation that we are all each other’s keepers, as Cain should have been for his brother.

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