on Wednesday, 28 October 2015.
Posted in Rabbi's Blog
From our RabbiWhat a start to the year! It was a blast to be able to welcome this New Year together with you and the rest of our Or Shalom family. I pray that the energy and warmth we felt during the various holidays will carry us forward to a great year.Throughout the High Holidays, I spoke to you about creating connections: connecting with ourselves, with our tradition, with our community and with the world around us. As you read this edition of The Shofar, I hope you view it as a large invitation. These pages are filled with opportunities to create or strengthen connections here within your Or Shalom family. Whether you choose to participate in one of our social action opportunities, an adult education class, a family service, or a fun social event, all we do is intended to create memorable moments that fill us with meaning.During one of these recent moments, at our Simchat Torah celebration, we unrolled an entire scroll of Torah and surrounded the more than 270 people who came to celebrate this joyous day. We had the opportunity to see the cornerstone of our tradition from beginning to end. Near the middle of the entire scroll, we learned a critical phrase in the Torah: v’ahavta l’reyecha camocha – “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”This is one of the central messages of our tradition, both figuratively and literally. To live up to this commandment, not only must we find ways to love others, but we also must find ways to love ourselves. Our Torah encourages us to invest in our own personal growth and development. Doing so helps us live with more intentionality, to have strength to make decisions we can feel good about, and to further contribute to the people we love and the society that surrounds us. In order to share our love with others, we have to feel good about the person who is doing the sharing.I look forward to journeying with you, as you attempt to not only love and connect with those around you, but also to love and connect with yourself. We are all busy and filled with pressures that surround us, but we become our best selves by creating space for our own growth and renewal, filling us with the perspective needed to share ourselves more fully with the world around us that so desperately needs us.L’shalom,Rabbi Ari N. Margolis
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