B'nai Israel Communications
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From Our Rabbi
When a Jewish holiday is approaching, I often find myself asking "how is it already fill-in-the-time-of-year?"
With each passing year, the days seem to go by even more quickly, and before I realize it, we have come upon another Rosh Hashanah, another Passover, another summer.
Jewish tradition has an antidote to the whirlwind passing of time. It is called the Omer. From the day after Pesach until Shavuot we count each day. No rationale or explanation is given for it in the Torah, we are simply required to count. There is a ritual blessing to be said, but the mitzvah itself is strikingly simple: Today is day four. Today is day five. Today is day six. And so on. This ritual is designed to draw our attention into the present moment and to notice where we are in relation to time passing.
My blessing is that we can count each day and in doing so, grow from the wisdom that comes with an awareness of the present.
Rabbi Evelyn Baz
From Our President
I just wanted to share with you the wonderful experience Karen and I had at the Synagogue’s second night Seder.
The turnout of 102 people showed how needed is Seder is in our community, despite several other community Seders being available.
The new Haggadah was a treat and I found the original artwork captivating. The serving of the food and clearing of the plates by Sharon's staff was first rate.
Most of all, Rabbi Baz found the right balance of tradition, teaching, and fun. It certainly was a treat to have one of youngest boys from the Herrera family ask the four questions, something he learned just that day!
This was actually our first year at a community Seder, but it won't be our last.
Thank you, Rabbi Baz.