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Naso: Peace, Love, and Priestly Blessings

The world is on fire. This week, as we entered back into our strange reality following the beautiful hiatus of Shavuos, we found the world to be in an even greater state of chaos, fear, and suffering than we had left it. Around the world, and especially in American cities, social unrest abounds and peace and harmony are more elusive than ever. As Jews, ever a minority and historically subject to prejudice and victimization, we cannot stand idly by as others suffer. And yet, it is difficult to know how to take action, whether to take action, and how to spread peace when all seems broken and desolate.

Psychologically, we are wired to judge others, to evaluate, to