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A 4-week online series hosted by Rabbi Tobie Weisman, and Rabbi David Edleson Begins Sunday, April 26 at 11 am Ever wondered how to approach talking about the BIG QUESTIONS with your children? Ever want to share idea and challenges with other parents raising kids in the Jewish tradition? Rabbi David Edleson and Rabbi Tobie […]
This time we are living in has come to be called “The Great Pause.” It reminds me of times I’ve been at yoga or meditation retreats and was asked to pay attention to the space between inhaling and exhaling, the rest, the time between what was and what will be.
It is not like America to pause, or the global economy to pause, and we’ve already noticed some interesting things.
First of all, we’ve found out that we can actually stop. That is profound in itself.
We’ve seen the canals in Venice turn clear, and the skies over China clear. The “Great Pause,” as writer Julio Vincent Gambuto calls it, is producing the following: “A carless Los Angeles has clear blue skies as pollution has simply stopped. In a quiet New York, you can hear the birds chirp in the middle of Madison Avenue. Coyotes have been spotted on the Golden Gate Bridge. These are the postcard images of what the world might be like if we could find a way to have a less deadly daily effect on the planet.”
Shalom Temple Sinai!
I have had a surprisingly great Passover despite Covid and isolation. I ended up having more Seders, more Passover Zoom-time with friends, more reflecting on the themes of freedom and plague than during most “normal” years.
I’ve been reflecting also on this “Great Pause” as some are naming this time of social distancing when many of us are home, not working, and what we might learn from it. I will be speaking about this in upcoming sermons (and likely at the High Holy Days also), but I think this time offers an unwelcome but fecund opportunity for reflection on these lives we live…
Also in this email:
– Online class: Parenting through a Jewish Lens II – Need 7 people to hold the class!
– Upcoming Services and Events
– Chaverim: Need some help?
– Mi Shebeirach List: email Chaverim Committee
– PDF of Friday night service (same as we have been using)
On Sinai, Moses and God are having another serious meeting; let’s think of it as a Zoom meeting on Sinai between two beings who can’t really be in the same space safely. They are discussing important business matters, like who is going to lead us out of the wilderness. Moses says, ‘you have to do it,’ but God is hedging, so Moses convinces God to say, “OK, enough with this, I’ll go in front.”
Happy Passover, Temple Sinai!
I hope you enjoyed your seder last night in whatever way you celebrated it! We had a big crowd on Zoom, but I’ve seen lots of pictures of people at a seder table with computers to connect to friends and family, so I am impressed that as Jews always have, we find a way to continue. You can’t quarantine Judaism!
Tonight we have a Community Seder with Ohavi Zedek, and that will include the part after the meal as well. There will be singing, stories, puppets, and discussion, so please do your best to join us!
Also in this email:
– A note about ZOOM events – Check the Temple website
– Upcoming events
– Mi Shebeirach list and Chaverim Committee
– Downloadable Friday night Service (the same one we’ve been using)
Over the next few months we will focus on Author Nicholas Zhang’s Jews in China: A History of Struggle. The author skillfully condenses centuries of historical information about four main groups of Jewish immigrants to China into this succinct, but comprehensive, chronicle.
It is strange to be celebrating Passover and liberation from bondage when so many of us are stuck in our homes due to a plague. As I saw on Facebook recently: Jewish Irony: Passover Cancelled Due to PLAGUE But let’s also remember that on the night of the first Passover, all the Israelites were stuck […]