About 200 Roslindale residents gathered in a blustery wind at Adams Park this afternoon to comfort each other and begin to figure out what comes next after this month's election.
Rabbi Matt Soffer of Temple Israel - and a Roslindale resident - cited the story of Abraham, who, on seeing strangers outside his tent, rushed to bring them in and comfort them, in calling on residents to protect each other.
"Roslindale, do we stand idly by?" Soffer asked. The crowd answered "No!"
"Roslindale, do we build walls to divide us?" he asked. Again, the crowd answered "No!"
At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley first said "it's good to be back with the tribe," before exhorting people to dust themselves off and move forward.
"Don't worry - work!" she said, calling on people to follow the words and example of former state Rep. Mel King to organize to move forward.
Soffer ended the gathering by leading people in "This Land Is Your Land" - after first singing the verse that was left off the recordings made during the McCarthy era:
There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. The sign was painted, said "Private Property." But on the backside, it didn't say nothing. This land was made for you and me.