The temple's rabbi is off on a trip to Israel for several weeks. Two rabbis have filled in during the absence. One of these two rabbis really impressed me! He is Rabbi Marty Lawson.
I attended my first Torah Study class under the guidance of Rabbi Lawson. Torah study is a forum where members of the temple come together to examine the Five Books of Moses. I was very surprised to find that torah study with Rabbi Lawson is very exciting!
After Torah study class, came the Shabbat [sabbath] Service.
A good Jew
During the Shabbat Service, Rabbi Lawson described one of the characteristics of a "good Jew." Rabbi Lawson described this good Jew as:
"A person who actively participates in civic and community affairs."
This participation would include communicating with our political leaders when things are not going well. For example; "When a pot hole in a neighborhood street needs repair to when the President of the United States breaks the law of our Constitution."
Pissed me off!
I have to admit to you that Rabbi Lawson pissed me off with his "Good Jew" admonition. Because he nailed me! :(
In recent years I had taken to not writing letters as I used to do. What good do these protests of mine do?, I asked myself. Nobody in government really listens. Some secretary likely answers my letters.
Googled Rabbi Lawson
I wanted to find out who this Rabbi Lawson guy was? It turned out that he became a rabbi at Emanu-El in 1976! That was 40 years ago! When I read that, Rabbi Lawson's admonition took on real meaning to me.
I am guessing that one of the things that a rabbi is supposed to do, is to kick a Jew back into line again. Even if "pissing off" is necessary.
Rabbi Marty Lawson