On behalf of the Little Minyan Kehilla, a congregation that has ALWAYS celebrated the richness of the fabric of humanity and the boundless nature of love, I express great delight in the news from the United States Supreme Court today. As an expression of love and commitment and caring, marriage is a sacred status and a blessing to be afforded to all people who wish to join their lives in this way. It is a deep joy to enter THIS Shabbat knowing that marriage is now sanctioned by the State (no matter which state) as it has always been celebrated in our kehilla and in communities across our nation. Below are words from ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal, where I am blessed to be both a member of the staff and a rabbinic student. Shabbat Shalom!
Jessica K. Shimberg
Spiritual Leader, The Little Minyan Kehilla
June 26th, 2015
In response to the United States Supreme Court’s historic and groundbreaking decision today affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, the Board and Staff of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, released the following statement:
It is with great joy and celebration that we enter the sacred space of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, knowing that all Americans regardless of sexual orientation can marry. The Jewish Renewal Movement has long stood on fundamental principles of gender and sexual orientation, for each person is created equally b’tzelem Elohim (in the divine image). We are overjoyed that the U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed these key principles of equal justice under law. As we declare under the chuppah (wedding canopy) during the sheva brachot (seven blessings of marriage):
שמח תשמח רעים האהובים, כשמחך יצירך בגן עדן מקדם
“God, gladden the hearts of all beloveds committing themselves to each other in love, as You gladdened Your creations in paradise long ago.”
ALEPH celebrates with all couples who commit themselves to each other in love. We congratulate all who worked so valiantly to achieve this joyous day.
Today we celebrate the ruling on marriage equality. Tonight we may imagine that the Shabbat bride seems a bit more radiant than usual in reflection of this joyful news. And when the new week comes, it will be time to put our shoulders to the wheel and keep working toward the dream of a world free of hatred, free of violence, free of bigotry. May it come speedily and soon.
Shoshanna R. Schechter-Shaffin