For some of us, 9-11 is a time we remember the horror of 9-11, the destruction, the hatred, the loss and the pain. We remember exactly where we were the minute the planes struck the Twin Towers, the minute we realized the world would never be the same. We remember the feeling of being glued to the news, slowly attempting to understand what was unfolding before our very eyes. We remember the smells of New York City that day, the sounds of quiet in the streets, as no cars were driving, as people began to wander the streets, quietly and carefully attempting to see what was happening.
Memory can cause pain. But memory can also educate us, remind us, to live life to its fullest, to be careful and cautious, without being overprotective and reluctant to live. Memory can bring tears, but memory can also cause light to shine over us, our loved ones, and our world.
As we make our way through our busy and often lonely days,
may our thoughts lead us back to times of smiles and laughter.
May our tears and pain be eased by the comfort of our memory.
And may God offer us strength and comfort now and always. Amen.
(By Rabbi Naomi Levy)
As we remember the events of 9-11, 14 years ago,
let us learn from 9-11 to love and not hate;
to understand and not disregard;
to strive for wholeness, and ultimately for peace.
Now let the sound of the shofar be heard;
And let our souls and our memories be awakened!
Rabbi Debbie Bravo
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