Sof as a Community

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

A bowl of honey on top of cut green apples with the skin still on.

As a community we have remained close, stayed together and reached incredible heights of ruach, creating uplifting, joyous zoom Shabbats for the last six months. Our experiences and spiritual connections on zoom are a community achievement of a lifetime.

What is the point of life if we live it without giving back to something much greater than ourselves?

What is the point of needless fretting and worrying about nitpicking aspects of our lives when so much more is at stake?

Compassion, kindness, and giving back to others are the ultimate redemption. If we can hold this thought, at all times and for all days, then perhaps we will become better and better human beings. When it is time for us to say our final goodbyes to the world and face our own destinies, then we will go in peace knowing every inch of our being reached out and made something or someone better.

Tikkun Olam and living a Jewish life in Hawaiʻi is easy when both an ocean and many Jews committed to Yiddishkeit surround us. As President of Sof Ma’arav, I can speak for our Sof community of 49 years. The power of love, the compassion, and the kindness that have been achieved over the last few months, to care about each other and our Jewish traditions, have been simply gifts from God.

I am speaking to all of you from the bottom of my heart with gratitude for listening to that inner voice inside you, the quiet one, the one that tells you right from wrong, and sits by you in times of great grief and pain, to continue listening and achieving our mutual goal of loving each other and this Hawaiʻi Jewish Community for every ounce that we have to give.

L’Shanah Tovah U’metuka!

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