Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk : Replace Despair with Volunteerism in 2018

Volunteerism, Community Organizing in Cleveland, Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk

Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk : Replace Despair with Volunteerism in 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017
Cleveland.com

Look around you. Are you troubled by what you see in the world? Early in the Bible, God was so upset with human conduct so as to flood the earth. Rabbinical commentary suggests it was both shechitut ("corruption") and hamas ("brutal violence") that triggered God's reaction.

Today, upon witnessing violence and brutality, many avert their eyes. For example, there was a recent story with data showing Cleveland as America's fifth most deadly city. Now surely the violence in our neighborhoods merits urgent attention. But when two days later, Cleveland was designated as one of National Geographic's "Best of the World" destinations, many chose instead to whistle a happier tune and wish away our serious problems.