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L'Shanah Tovah Tikateivu v'Teikhateimu!

09/24/2020 11:33:24 AM

Sep24

My Dear Adath Shalom community,

L'Shanah Tovah Tikateivu v'Teikhateimu!
May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!

 
As we continue our journey of Biblical proportions, across the desert of unknowns, using the advances of technology and teamwork every step along our way, I find it easier and easier to picture myself, along with all of you, as real people, living the stories of our Torah!
 
I have always tried to imagine myself as having just crossed the parted seas, while singing Mi Chamocha, in awe of G-d's miracles all around us. But this year, I don't have to imagine! Davening while standing between a banner printed with a Lisa Epstein photo of our beautiful ark and Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls), and a laptop connected to the talents of Jonny Rudin and Honeycast production company, I felt the miracles all around me! Thanks to the superhero efforts of Juan Isaza and the inimitable Neal Sturm, I felt all of us together, with Rabbi Rudin "just across the bimah", as we heard him deliver his inspiring Divrei Torah (words of Torah).
 
Chevre (Friends), we are living during an historic period, and we are living our Torah! Now, more than ever, we can learn from the universal challenges described thousands of years ago in our holy scrolls. If you have mostly watched and listened from a distance when opportunities for engaging with Torah presented themselves, I would encourage you to make this new year, 5781, your year of discovering Torah. Rabbi would be happy to study with you and I would be happy to teach you how to leyn (chant from the Torah). If you used to think the "stories" in the Bible could only be stories, because "that could never happen!", you might be reconsidering your position, in light of all we've witnessed since Purim!
 
If any year is the year to raise a Sukkah, this is the year! As we all experience the fragility of the human condition in the wilderness of our existence, observing the mitzvah of "dwelling in the Sukkah" can take on a whole new meaning, especially if you've only visited someone else's sukkah in the past. We may not be able to visit in each other's sukkot this year, because they are not completely in the open air and most are not large enough to accommodate the required physical distancing, but we can visit each other virtually in our respective sukkot.
 
During Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret we will complete the reading of the Torah and begin the reading of the Torah! Perfect timing to start your renewed, personal Torah journey. Perfect timing to add one more intentional aspect to your personal Jewish practice.
 
May you write yourselves in the Book of Life (B'sefer Chayim) each and every day, and may you be sealed for a year of goodness and blessings.
G'mar chatimah tovah!
 

Wed, April 14 2021 2 Iyyar 5781