A small group can change the world

In Judaism the role of witnessing is very important. The book of Leviticus says, “Any person able to testify as one who has seen or learned of the matter who does not come forward to testify is liable to punishment” (Lev. 5:1). Therefore, we are not only told that witnessing is important, it is actually a holy, sacred act. Yet, sometimes witnessing is not enough. Sometimes when we witness an injustice we feel compelled to act. We want to, in a sense, turn from witness to actor.

Sometimes in this world there is so much to act on though, that it becomes overwhelming. Where do I begin? What do I focus on? What can I do?

This week at our lunch and learn (every Thursday at noon, unless otherwise noted*) I was reminded of a quote by Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”.

This month, for better or worse, our Temple has three different opportunities to help and act for those in need. First, is taking care of the hungry. This coming Friday, June 29th, from 5pm-7pm the Cheshire community will bring food to the Town Green to help restock the Cheshire Food Pantry with what we are calling Foodstock. Second, we have an opportunity to help the stranger. Please help by providing supplies to Migrant farm workers who come to our farms for seasonal work. Lastly, is the obligation to protect the vulnerable. The Religious Action Center has provided a list of six ways you can help with the children who were separated from their families at the border.

I know that one person can make a difference. Today you have a chance to change the life of at least one person. You have power, more than you probably know. We do not have to fix all the world's problems, though we also do not have to feel we are being forced to just sit back and witness. Together, through small acts of Gimilut Chasidim (loving kindness) we can be that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who can change the world.

How you can help: