Updated: Nov 5, 2020
This week, on Monday, we received very welcome news. Once again we can fill the halls of our Shules with prayer, song and Torah. This moment is a portentous one, poignant and full of meaning, and incredibly exciting. However, as we continue rebuilding normal lives after the difficult period of thee last few months let us not forget the good.
Avraham leaves his former life at the beginning of this week's parsha, but that does not mean that he forgets it completely. He brings with him his family, in particular his nephew. He brings his household. He brings his past and his experiences, and uses them as a platform for new growth.
Over the past few months, our community has grown even closer together. Hundreds of phone calls have been made. Care packages were sent. We had events almost every night for months, social, informative, and shiurim. Over the High Holy Days we managed to bring the sound of the Shofar to Brighton in a way which was never even attempted before. Let's not forget these achievements. Let's not forget all this effort.
As we move into our next phase of reopening, let's not just rebuild hat we had. Instead, let's build something new which is even better.