We are horrified by the recent events that we all witnessed last night, as a violent mob stormed and breached our Capitol. Any system of government stands or falls on the strength of its institutions and the commitment of the people to operate within them, regardless of any and all grievances, anger, and violent impulses that they may harbor. What we saw yesterday was an attempt to shake the very foundations upon which those institutions are built. As majority leader Mitch McConnell said: “They tried to disrupt our democracy,” a point echoed more forcefully by Senator Mitt Romney’s statement that “What happened here today was an insurrection.”
The Torah speaks about the case of the “rebellious elder,” a judge whose legal position has been rejected by the High Court. Such a person is entitled to his opinion and to teach it and share it with others. What he may not do, however, is instruct and incite others to follow his ruling. His primary duty, regardless of his personal beliefs in the rightness of his position, is to preserve and protect the institutions of society. The consequence for acting otherwise is, in the Torah, weighty and unforgiving.
We pray for a healing of the rift that has opened up in our society and a strengthening of the institutions that ensure for all of us of the safeties, rights and privileges that we enjoy as members and citizens of this unique democracy, the United States of America.
Rabbi Dov Linzer
President & Rosh HaYeshiva, Norman & Tova Bulow Chair
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Tu B'shvat is on January 27th/28th. This year, we will be sending out a simple Tu B'shvat seder as a PDF prior to Tu B'Shvat. If you would like to be matched with one or two other households for a Zoom/Facetime/Etc seder experience, please fill out this form and we will match you!
Q. Where are you from?
A. Well, that's a complicated question! Rebecca was born in NY, Jason was born in LA. We met at Boston University. We spent our first 7 married years in Israel where our two eldest children, Katie and Yonah were born, and then moved to LA where Harrison was born. We lived in LA for 18 years before moving to Seattle.
Q.What brought you to Seattle?
A. Jason was hired to be the head of school at NYHS and we moved here in July of 2017.
Q. Can you share a good travel memory?
A. We have had memorable trips to San Francisco, Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park and a family camping trip to the Kern river. We love a good road trip here in the PNW, and have had many fun adventures here.
Q. What's your favorite current boardgame or hobby?
A. We aren't such a board game family but the boys like to play Settlers of Catan. Our hobbies vary depending on who and where we are. Our interests range from gardening, photo journaling, scrapbooking to fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, surfing and anywhere we can take Simba, our 3 year old golden retriever off leash.
Q. Any special way that you are coping with the pandemic?
A. We moved from Seward Park to the North End, the first week in April, at the start of the pandemic. The move was challenging but since settling in we have been trying to keep very busy with routine walks around the neighborhood, family movie nights and some cooking and baking.
Q. What appeals to you about Mercaz or about the North End community in general?
A. We are loving living in north Laurelhurst. We walk to U-Village often and enjoy the Burke-Gilman trail. We look forward to seeing our Mercaz friends when the pandemic is over.
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