It’s Veteran’s Day, 2009. A day precious to me. A day to remember lost friends and absent companions. So I like to go to synagogue & say a prayer for the dead. I’m Jewish. It takes a minyan (10 adults over the age of 13). Now my synagogue for some reason doesn’t regularly schedule this on Veteran’s Day. But every year I ask them to. You’d think they’d learn. NOPE.
I could call them in September & ask them to schedule it and they would be happy to accommodate me. Note that this doesn’t mean I could get 10 adults there. Just that they’d schedule it. But that’s another rant for another day.
Anyway, sort of a consolation prize I was asked to talk to the Religious School kids for 2-3 minutes tonight. I can’t decide. What can I possibly say in 2-3 minutes max that will explain to these kids, ages 10-13, why this is important, why they should be respectful and grateful. Keep in mind that their parents care so little that there is no organized Veterans’ Day activity. I have absolutely no idea what I could possibly say that would mean something to them. Worse, if I do go, doesn’t that make me complicit in saying that the synagogue is doing enough?