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Relief…or Guilt: Post-Hurricane Matthew Reactions from a Jewish South Floridian©

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Relief…or Guilt:Post-Hurricane Matthew Reactions from a Jewish South Floridian© Shabbat Shuvah 5777/2016 Rabbi David Baum, Congregration Shaarei Kodesh
How did you all feel waking up on Friday morning?I know, you were promised devastation from the Hurricane, they all warned you – there will be massive casualties.And…nothing happened, maybe a branch or two that fell, but for many, the effects of preparing for the storm, sore muscles from putting up shutters and a big bill from Home Depot and Publix, were the only effects.
And yet…

There are people who suffered – 300 dead in Haiti (and the number is climbing), many thousands left homeless.And we don’t know what will happen in the rest of the U.S.Why them, and not us?
In the Unetaneh Tokef, we confront this idea head on:How many will pass on, and how many will be born; who will live and who will die; who will perish by fire and who by water; who by sword and who by beast; who by hunger and who by thirst; who by earthquake and who by plague…
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