Ashamed to say there is racism and bigotry here in the Northwest, too.
Some vandals destroyed a Menorah last night at a Seattle area Synagogue. Damn. When I was in college years ago a Jewish Synagogue in
Downtown Seattle hired me when no one else would. They had me
helping serve cookies and coffee at Sabbath services. When the man who
drove me home at 1am those nights finally retired I had to let the
Synagogue know I had to quit as I had no way to get home that late in
Know what the Synagogue did? They asked me if I
wanted to work daytime a couple of days a week as the landscape
maintenance person. I jumped at that, then a prominent member of the
Synagogue hired me once a week to come out to his house on Mercer Island
and work in his rather large Rhododendron garden. I told him I had not
way to get from the Univ. of Washington across Lake Washington to get to
He said okay, Saturday mornings he would come from Mercer and pick me up and then return me home in the afternoon.
This man was extremely rich and easily could afford a professional
gardener to maintain expensive Rhododendron bushes. But no, he hired me
because he knew I needed a job.
Well the first time I went to his
house he knew I had no knowledge of Rhododendrons at all so he spent the
next 3 Saturdays working with me in his extensive garden teaching me
everything about Rhododendrons I needed to know to work for him.
He didn't need to hire me. But he did. And he drove miles out of his way
to retrieve me and take me home. And he didn't need to spend 6 hours
every Saturday teaching me how to care for his garden. But he had a big,
loving heart, like everyone in the Synagogue, a loving heart given him
and all the members of that Synagogue by God.
I thank God for the
help of members of His precious family at a time I really needed it.
And I pray God bless Capitol Synagogue every day. But most of all I ask
God to reveal the racist vandals that destroyed the beautiful Menorah
simply because it represents an extremely holy Jewish Holiday.
Happy Hanukah to all my dear Jewish friends here and on the Terrier
Club. And most of all Happy Hanukah to all my friends at Capital
Synagogue in Seattle. I know you will never read this message here on
earth but I know once we all are reunited in Heaven, God will let me
thank each of you personally for your love, open hearts and charity and
Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, Blessed Kwanza.
God bless us all this Christmas, especially this year of worldwide unrest and divisive politics everywhere.