Parashat Ekev

Wholeness of a Broken Heart

True repair begins when we acknowledge the impact of broken relationships on this planet.

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Professor Martin Espada said in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, "We tend to think of natural disasters as somehow evenhanded, as somehow random. Yet it has always been thus: Poor people are in danger. It is dangerous to be poor. It is dangerous to be black. It is dangerous to be Latino."

It feels overwhelming to discuss this reality, all the more so to allow ourselves to grieve over the state of the world. But teshuvah, true repair, begins only when we acknowledge the impact of shattered human relations on the life of this planet. This week, as we read Parashat Ekev, may we publicly name all the brokenness of our world in our holiest places--in our homes, our synagogues, and our streets--so that our tears can begin to bring healing and the true wholeness of a broken heart.

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Rabbi Elliot R. Kukla

Rabbi Elliot Kukla is a rabbi at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center in San Francisco.