Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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9/11 Memories

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

On 9/11, I was on my way to the airport to catch one of the flights that was taken out of Newark airport. B"H, not the one that was taken, my flight was the next one.

I watched the smoke roll up into the sky, my children watched from their yeshiva. Our neighborhood, our community, our shul (synagogue), lost members that day.

Below is the local 9/11 memorial, and a distant shot of lower Manhattan today, without the lights of the Twin Towers.

There are men motivated by evil in this world. Worse, they are absolutely convinced that their incredible evil is good. That evil is sometimes given power, for it serves a purpose. We may not agree with it, or understand it, that such evil is empowered. Perhaps because it draws good and strength in response, because it challenges us to not be complacent, to dig deep to struggle for good.

It is not our way to build statues and memorials. Rather, we remember and strive to understand. In a brief moment, the world changed. Like the Berlin Wall falling, like the Soviet Union crumbling, the world turned on a dime that day, 9/11.

As we approach Rosh Hashana this year, only a day away, let us remember that the world, and our lives, can turn on a dime. Lets appreciate the blessings we have, thank Hashem for every one of them, and pray that next year, evil will have served it's purpose and be removed from this world.

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