Keeping Memory in Memorial Day

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Rabbi Arnie Gluck and Jay Lavroff, President

Shalom Chaverim,

Memorial Day weekend has become a much-anticipated holiday that presents a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends. It has become the unofficial beginning of summer as the weather usually turns warm and people flock to the outdoors, from parks to beaches. 

But amidst the frivolity and celebration of this weekend it is incumbent upon us to keep the memory of those who have served and sacrificed to vouchsafe our freedom in the forefront of Memorial Day. Let us never forget that the freedom we enjoy this day is a gift bequeathed to us by those who gave their lives to defend our country from those who would have denied us this right. We owe our fallen service men and women a debt of gratitude that can only be discharged by remaining faithful to their memory, by respecting the dedication of those who serve today, and by teaching our children that even as we love and pursue peace, our nation and its citizens is a cause worth fighting, and even dying for when necessary.

We invite you to join us this evening at 8:00 p.m. and tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for Shabbat services during which we will offer prayers in memory of those who have served and died in our nation’s armed services. 

May the memory of our fallen service men and women always be a blessing.

Shabbat shalom!

Rabbi Arnie Gluck
Jay Lavroff, Temple President