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Message from Rabbi David Castiglione

A Message from TAS Rabbi David Castiglione:

Dear Friends,

Many of us have watched and listened in outrage and despair as news and video of the horrific death of George Floyd has filled the airwaves and brought a nation to the streets. The callous devaluation of human life, the centuries-long systemic perpetuation of racial bias and prejudice rightfully provokes a demand for justice – not only for George Floyd and his family, not only for all those whose lives have been wantonly taken in the name of “protecting and serving,” but for every American who still cherishes the human hope of liberty at the core of our nation’s birth.

We are a nation of laws established in the pursuit of liberty for all of our citizens. We charge those individuals we entrust to uphold our laws, to do so with equal application of justice – based upon the absolute worth of every human soul. Those who took Mr. Floyd’s life, who violated our system of laws, by their actions and inaction, threw stones into the river from which such justice flows.

We join with our faith movement, we join with those who march and work to constructively effect the systemic changes we, as a nation, must have to ensure the just and equitable treatment of each of our citizens – the systemic changes that will preserve, above all, the God-given blessing of life regardless of one’s faith, skin color, sexual orientation, age or cultural heritage.

We pray that this spirit of protest will not end quickly. We pray that it will rise in volume, be sustained in its determination, and not rest until the work is done. Our arc toward justice, toward the acknowledgment of the value of human life as sacrosanct, has extended for hundreds of years. It will not find final harbor overnight.

We cannot be afforded the luxury of an easy out. There was no easy out for George Floyd or his family. There was no easy out for Malice Wayne Green, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, or the thousands of others who have suffered death and harm at the knee of racial prejudice or societal indifference.

As Jews, our very history here in this land, and across all lands along our ancient and storied history; our cherished teachings, our societal obligations and our eternal covenant to bring light and healing to an ailing world no matter the age we find ourselves in, demand that we not allow the uproar to die away until all enjoy, without fear, the inalienable rights guaranteed by God and by the Constitution of the United States of America – a land in which we have found so much privilege as individuals and as a people.

We join in national mourning. We join with other San Diego Faith leaders in a joint statement to be published in the Union-Tribune. We join with other faith leaders here in Poway, taping a statement of solidarity and support this Friday. And we will mark this painful, tragic moment in American history with prayer and unity this Sabbath evening.

Faithfully,

Rabbi David Castiglione

Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781