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Monthly Archives: 9 Tevet 5774 (November 17, 2008)
“Life just keeps getting better” is a phrase that you do not hear all too often, given the “depression” that the media talks about incessantly as a mood that hovers over us like the dark clouds that come with a storm that is stalled. You can imagine how surprised I was to see this phrase next to another one that proclaims that “the afterlife is looking better, as well.” OK, you have me hooked, now. Where is this company website taking me next? The web site I was visiting belonged to a company who calls itself “Eternal Image.” They have just come out with a new line of urns, caskets and medallion headstone markers – products that reflect a life well-lived. I immediately gravitated towards the picture of the urn with the signed baseball on top and the team logo of the Anaheim Angels (but of course, who else would be a better spokesperson for such things) on the side. I needed to know if the “B” of the Boston Red Sox was available for purchase – not that I have a need for such things since I do not believe in cremation. I was happy to discover that … Continue reading
My interest in baseball can be measured on several different levels. Perhaps the most significant one is the fact that I am an unofficial member of Red Sox nation (unofficial — because I have not paid the membership fee that allows a person to become a card-carrying member. In my curiosity to know more about the company that I keep with Boston baseball enthusiasts, I visited the web site for Red Sox nation and discovered that last season there were three people living in Israel who admitted their allegiance to the Red Sox. It is this pride in baseball in general, as well as my pride in the Jewish players who take the field that connects me to many others in a way that defies description at times. I belong to a unique group on the internet whose participants are constantly exchanging e-mails regarding the latest achievements of Jews in baseball, as well as an occasional brag about various acquisitions of merit.
I tell my Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, when they look at their Torah portions, to look for the phrases or ideas that pop out at them as they read. Something will speak to them, allowing this ancient text to be integrated with what is happening to them in their lives. And the same is true for me each week. I must admit that some weeks things “appear” more easily than others. I am indebted to Rabbi Cheyl Peretz for her insights that are helping to guide me through some shark-infested waters on this Shabbat. (Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Va’Yeira) In her remarks for this week over the internet, Rabbi Peretz focuses our attention on a heated exchange that takes place between wife and husband, between Sarah and Abraham, when Sarah tells her husband to “cast our that slave-woman (referring to Hagar) and her son, Ishmael” who were a bad influence over their own son, Isaac. God, who was still interacting in the lives of our ancestors in an active way, notices how distressed Abraham had become at the request of his wife, given the relationship that he had with his other son. According to the narrative, God says … Continue reading
President Marty Greenstein gave an update of the Garden project. The trustee of the funds has given final approval and the land has been cleared. Work will start soon on completing the Max and Martha Rubenstein Spiritual Garden. The Garden Committee will continue to meet to monitor the project. A fund-raising committee will meet on October 19 to discuss a capital campaign for soliciting donors and naming rights for benches, lighting, etc. Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.
I was pleasantly surprised by an article that appeared in the Beverly section of The Salem News a week before Rosh Hashanah. Perhaps I should not have been surprised, considering the emphasis that our Religious School places on the middah, the ethical value, of giving of ourselves. Emily Walk, a TBA graduate, was interviewed regarding her appointment as vice president of her college’s chapter of Project Harambee. What is Project Harambee? Harambee, according to Emily, is the Swahili word that means “Let’s pull together!” This college organization is comprised of students and faculty who are determined to make a difference in the lives of children in Kenya who struggle with the burdens of poverty and disease. When participants went to the village of Mbitini last December, they began the mission of building a health clinic, as well as fixing some of the wells that provide the people with drinking water. This December, the students wish to complete what they started. Each student who plans on participating in this mission has pledged to raise at least $3,000. Emily is asking for our support in helping her reach her personal goal. In the article, she noted how her Y2I trip to Israel … Continue reading
Executive Director Deb Vozella informed the Board that the North Shore community’s Chanukah celebration will be held December 19-20, 2008. The Board voted to approve TBA becoming a sponsor of this event. Rick Recht will perform his Friday Night Live service at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. Saturday night celebrations will include pizza and latkes at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore with a Rick Recht family concert at Temple Sinai, Marblehead. Rabbi Rubenstein and Deb Vozella updated the Board on the North Shore Teen Initiative. Adam Smith has been hired with a grant funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation to develop and implement programs for North Shore teens. He will be working part time until the end of the year. Deb Vozella updated the Board with respect to the Religious School, which began classes on September 14. Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.