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Monthly Archives: 3 Tevet 5774 (October 30, 2008)
One of the lessons that we teach our children regarding the significance of the Torah reading for this week is “what it means to be hospitable.” For Abraham, even though he was recuperating from surgery by the side of the tent, three figures appear during the heat of the day as they walk towards his dwelling. Surely, he must have been in some physical pain. Yet, this did not deter him from greeting his guests in a proper manner, which meant offering them water to wash their feet, a place to sit, food to eat and milk to drench their thirst, and a place to sleep if they so desired. From his actions, we discover what it means for us to be a proper host. There are some who say that Abraham also included a word of two about the One God that provided him with such abundance so that he could afford to honor his guest with luxuries as a means of sharing his gratitude for life with his strangers.
Marty Greenstein advised the Board as to the status of the Garden Project. Rabbi Rubenstein, Jeff Schutzman, and Eileen Edelstein made a presentation to a representative of the Trust concerning releasing funds for the Garden Project. This meeting took place August 11, 2008. The results of that meeting will be presented at the September Board meeting. Executive Director Deb Vozella will be having a member of the Temple host the meeting of the Interfaith Group in September where the mission of the group will be determined by those who attend. Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.
From a very early age we are taught that being a good Jew requires that we give tzedakah and involve ourselves in acts of loving-kindness (gemilut chesed) so that we can make our world a better place. But there is a practical consideration as well: A person needs to care for him or herself first, before they can care for others. In thinking about this, I have come to understand the wisdom that is contained in the opening line to the first paragraph of the Shema, where we are told to love God with all of our might. The Hebrew word for might is me’odekha and it is closely related to the concept of abundance. When there is abundance, we honor God by sharing our blessings with others. Abundance in life usually happens only when there is an effort made to make sure certain results occur. When we commit ourselves to our work, seeking meaning in what we do, then we see the fruits of our labors.
While in the Temple you may have noticed a few changes. My office is now downstairs. The office area has been cleaned up and a new carpet has been installed. Rabbi Rubenstein, Beth Blackburn, and I are committed to working together to create a warm and welcoming environment. We invite you to come in and visit us. A main area of focus this year is to improve the building. We are identifying the major maintenance concerns and working with the House Committee to create a plan to resolve them. Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.