Invocation before the Austin City Council Meeting — 11/3/16

04/11/2016 at 08:39 Leave a comment



Honorable Mayor, Distinguished Council, Respected Guests:


You don’t have to love baseball to have appreciated such a magnificent game last night.  From both the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, the athletic ability of the players, the decision-making of the managers, and the vision of the executives all converged to deliver a grandeur and a grace that somehow illuminates our own efforts as we think now about the significance and the meaning of our own actions.  As we look to move forward next Wednesday after the election results are in, both in our miracles and in our challenges, we admit that we are living in unprecedented times.


We like to think of Austin as a radiant example – a place where our good ideas are hotly and respectfully debated.  A place where our imagination and our dreams are implemented for the good of all of our citizens – as we grapple with transportation, demographics, inevitable growth, affordability – and so much more.


And now, inspired by this World Series, we can rekindle our hope as we see that there are always new and creative ways to solve seemingly intractable issues.  We can see that there is always a third way – day by day, or if you will, inning by inning — a way forward that is respectful, compassionate and tolerant of our errors and appreciative of our unique talents.  Another doesn’t have to be wrong for us to be right.


May you and your loved ones be granted good health and the inspiration to cultivate wisdom as you conduct yourselves – may you be blessed to see the good in what you do, especially in the most difficult of days – and may your inspiration offer direct benefit to others so that they may cheer you on.  We need each other — players, managers, and executives — and with positive actions around us, we may continue to prosper our beloved city of Austin.


Y’hi Ratzon – May this truly be God’s will.




Neil F. Blumofe

Senior Rabbi

Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin, Texas

3 November 2016/2 Heshvan 5777

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