As we look around at our City and Country, our hearts are heavy and filled with uncertainty. We are witnessing first hand our world turned upside down- an unheard of closing down of shuls in our neighborhood and across the U.S., not mention closing of schools and universities, libraries and museums, sports venues and Broadway and many of us now required to tele-commute.
In the past it was due to Anti-Semitism that synagogues were forced to close. Now it is part of our civic duty to do so. We know families and relatives and friends who are under quarantine; all of us have been asked to engage in social distancing. And most of all, chas v'shalom, we may know people ill from the virus, or we may be suffering as well.
While we all follow all the health guidelines, what else should we be required to do?
It was Rabbi Nachmun of Bratslav who said- Yidden- we can't ever despair! Following his inspiration--since we have to pray at home, then let's make sure to raise our voices louder than ever and more joyfully than ever, with more kavannah, intention than ever. We have to pray hard that those who are ill will fully recover and that we all will remain healthy. And there is one more thing we need to do. Be inspired by these words from Rabbi Yosef Kanevsky of Los Angeles.
Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place.
Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise."
Rabbanit Adena Berkowitz
Please look forward to our virtual pre-Shabbat and Melave Malka programming coming soon!.
Are you looking to be inspired in a warm inclusive inviting atmosphere?
Whatever your Jewish educational background, from beginner to advanced, whether you can read Hebrew or not, these services will be accessible to all, with soaring music and prayers, meaningful commentary and a warm sense of community. You will leave infused with the spirit of the Shabbat and Holidays.