So what do we need to do now in this increasingly challenging environment? One thing we have determined collectively is the need to re-emphasize the centrality of Shabbat in the life of this congregation. We may differ as to how best to do that, but the goal has been set and is now enshrined as key pillar of our strategic plan.
And the larger university ceremony can be seen here, featuring a moving student oration by Tanayott Thaweethai, who stated that in life, "we will find ourselves faced with a seemingly infinite number of doors. Some of these will be ornately decorated and lined with great salaries and generous 401(k)s. Others will be run-down and wearing at the hinges. Some will lead you halfway around the world and others will lead you back home. Some of us, inevitably, will build our own doors. But as you reach for the handle, remember this: Do not walk through a door just because it is open. Find the door you refuse to let close. That, I promise you, is the right one."
"In sum, there is no neutral act in life and there is no moment without choice. Not to choose is to choose. Therefore graduates...in the name of humanity which waits upon your choice, and for the sake of God who years for your choice in love, go forth and choose life."