Thursday, October 7, 2010

Finding Light in Dark Places

Many of us have heard about the recent tragedy of a Rutgers student who killed himself after being outed online. One in three teen suicides is committed by a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered kid. It is essential that as a Jewish community, we provide support and guidance for all of our teens, and especially those struggling with their identity. Moreover, whenever we witness bullying, we must step in and protect our kids. Too long we have allowed this kind of abuse either because we do not take it seriously or because our homophobia prevents us from taking appropriate action. This week's portion is about making light for ourselves and those we love during our darkest, stormiest, and most isolated times. I encourage our community to sign this pledge with Keshet, a Boston-based organization committed to creating a more inclusive and just Jewish community.

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