The Transformative Power of Shared Grief

Sermon by R’ Sharon Brous

8/6 – Shabbat Hazon

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Tisha b’Av is a day of communal grief-we fast, lament, and hold the memory of the greatest catastrophes the Jewish people have endured. The danger in revisiting the tragedies of generations past is that our rituals foster a distorted self-perception, a feeling of eternal victimization. Instead, we must remember because grief is an expression of love because there is an urgent moral message in the stories of our suffering that we must hear today, and because we are drawn again and again, through our collective grief, into community.

Listen To Our Abortion Stories.
Listen To Our Abortion Stories.

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Ours is a tradition of stories. We see this from the flawed humanity of Adam and Eve through the tangle of relationships in Genesis and the struggle and redemption of Exodus, to the creative rabbinic interpretations of Midrash and Talmud, to the spiritually rooted Chasidic tales. Stories are essential to understanding one another and informing how we make sense of and choose to live in the world. Right now, we need to be telling and hearing our abortion stories.

 

The Court majority has proclaimed that the Constitution doesn’t protect abortion access despite 50 years of precedent to the contrary. Anti-abortion activists have argued that all people of faith must share their interpretation of when life begins. They have declared that prohibiting abortion is the only way to uphold the sanctity of life.

 

Our stories paint a different picture. They illustrate how the decisions we make are firmly rooted in our values, which are sometimes conflicting, and how each person among us must have the freedom to make these choices for themselves. When we hear one another’s stories we understand more deeply the role of abortion access in honoring the sanctity of life.

 

We urge you to listen, share your own story, speak out, and join the work to ensure that all people in the United States retain access to abortion and the freedom to follow our own consciences and religions.

Click here to listen on SpotifyApple

 

Ours is a tradition of stories. We see this from the flawed humanity of Adam and Eve through the tangle of relationships in Genesis and the struggle and redemption of Exodus, to the creative rabbinic interpretations of Midrash and Talmud, to the spiritually rooted Chasidic tales. Stories are essential to understanding one another and informing how we make sense of and choose to live in the world. Right now, we need to be telling and hearing our abortion stories.

 

The Court majority has proclaimed that the Constitution doesn’t protect abortion access despite 50 years of precedent to the contrary. Anti-abortion activists have argued that all people of faith must share their interpretation of when life begins. They have declared that prohibiting abortion is the only way to uphold the sanctity of life.

 

Our stories paint a different picture. They illustrate how the decisions we make are firmly rooted in our values, which are sometimes conflicting, and how each person among us must have the freedom to make these choices for themselves. When we hear one another’s stories we understand more deeply the role of abortion access in honoring the sanctity of life.

 

We urge you to listen, share your own story, speak out, and join the work to ensure that all people in the United States retain access to abortion and the freedom to follow our own consciences and religions.

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