Shabbat morning in the Charry Service: Dedication of Portrait of Rabbi Hahn z"l
This Shabbat, as we begin a new year we also begin a new book in the Torah. In the Book of Shemot, we tell the story of our redemption from Egypt. This week, we read about the birth of Moses. The Torah's description of that fateful moment echoes the moment of the birth of the world. Upon his birth, Moses' mother, Yocheved, "sees that he is good"- "vatereh oto ki tov hu"- just as God sees the light of creation and affirms, "this is good."
Praise God with harp and lyre, with drum and dance, with strings and pipe, with the clashing of cymbals... (Psalm 150)
With our visitors from Beit HaGefen in Haifa last Shabbat for the Charry Weekend, we began a series of exciting speakers that will be continuing in coming weeks. I want to encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from some amazing people whom we will be privileged to host in our community.
This Sunday: Benji Lovitt - "Exploring Israeli Society through Comedy"
While I was singing the prayers of the Hoshanot with our Religious School children, the supplications we recite on Sukkot asking God to save our souls and our bodies, the question came up of why we do this. Why do we ask God for renewal and, on Shemini Atzeret, for rain? Are we going to force God's hand with our processions and our chanting? Is God really only going to inscribe us for good if we ask again and again?
Thinking it through
To prepare for Yom Kippur, it's good to devote a little time to thinking about your goals for this holiday. What do you hope to gain? What do you hope to shed? How can you make that happen during Yom Kippur and after?
Apologizing and forgiving
Thinking about the Iran Agreement with Torah
"Adonai shall guard your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and for ever."