Rabbi's Message

March 2019

“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”   This simple adage has always been understood to refer to the weather.   But here at ACI, we can understand and apply it in a more profoundly meaningful way.   

March comes in this year like a lion – loudly roaring a danger:  a blood emergency was declared in New York City, as blood supplies are critically low.  

Our answer to this is one of our two annual Blood Drives, this one upcoming on March 24.  The New York Blood Center is calling for all eligible blood donors who can safely give blood to please do so.  

We are told in the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus, the book we are reading now in synagogue) to “not stand idly by the blood of your ‘neighbor’.”  Each of us, then, can help – by donating blood, by working to get the word out, by recruiting donors, or by volunteering to help at the blood drive itself.  

By addressing this danger, and working to alleviate it, we will hopefully have helped tame the roaring danger, facilitating March’s exit gentle as a lamb. 

Bivracha,