on Friday, 24 October 2014.
Posted in President's Blog
Last night, we experienced a total lunar eclipse. It was a beautiful sight and reminded me that we often take nature for granted in this ever-changing universe. Whether you believe in the story of Creation as written in our Torah, or another explanation for the order of things, the fact remains that we are all connected.
On Yom Kippur, I spoke about the community that is Or Shalom. Just like the bigger world in which we live, our Jewish lives both here at Or Shalom, and in the larger Jewish community outside of our temple, are connected as well. It’s the people; all of us, who make our congrega-tion what it is. It’s the people who transform our House of Worship into a Home of Worship. It’s the people who represent our congregation in the larger community and demonstrate that we are here, that we will prevail, thrive; and we will contribute for generations to come—L’dor v’dor!
As Jews, we have an obligation to those who came before us to share our family traditions, not just in our synagogue, but at home. We must keep the stories, recipes, photos and traditions alive by sharing them with our children, as it is through our children that the stories will continue to be told, the foods will continue to be enjoyed and our ancestors’ struggles and accomplishments will be remembered and honored.
Although the fall Jewish Holidays are behind us, Hanuk-kah is in front of us. This year, take an extra moment to do more than light the Hanukkah menorah, share a memory with your family, continue a tradition or start a new one. My family will make latkes from my Bubbie’s recipe, play dreidel using M&Ms as gelt and will light not one, but several chanukiyot. We will marvel at the lights, just as I did with all of my cousins growing up when 20 sets of Hanukkah candles were set aglow all at one time. It is the traditions, memories and connections with our past that shape our Jewish future.
Thank you for your engagement in the life of our congre-gation, for your generosity during our High Holiday appeal and your presence to worship, learn, and cele-brate together with our Or Shalom community.
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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