Friday, January 29, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
" How significant is it that this word, (holy), is applied to time. “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” There is no reference in the record of creation to any object in space that would be endowed with the quality of holiness. Only time gets this distinction.
It would seem that after God created heaven and earth, he would create a holy place like a mountain or spring- whereupon a sanctuary is to be established. Instead, God creates holiness in time, the Sabbath, which comes first."
I believe this beauty in time can be created in all homes for all faiths. I have heard stories, which today seem like lore, of my husband's extended Italian-American family, coming over every Sunday afternoon- to eat, talk, play cards, and just be together. Were they observing their Sabbath without the rituals? Or my mother's extended family, who all lived near one another in Brooklyn and would come by my grandmother's home without invite to eat, talk, and just be together.
We have lost that family "sacredness" which came with proximity, but, if we make the effort, we can still allow some of the "sacredness of time" to infuse our homes.
My birthday gift last Friday evening was enjoying a lovely Shabbat dinner with friends. My hope for this, my fiftieth year, is that I remember to let the joy of the Sabbath enter my home more often.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I have not written in a few days because the earthquake in Haiti, and its devastating aftermath has left me emotionally numb. It seems that anything I could possibly write, no matter how meaningful, would appear shallow in light of the tremendous suffering experienced by the Haitians. My thoughts have been consumed by the their plight. I hope and pray for relief to their immediate suffering, and for a positive future for all of Haiti's inhabitants.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Ever since I began this blog, I have been waiting to write about The Committed Life, a book by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis..
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Last night, after services, I stayed to here Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, NJ speak to our synagogue audience. Politics isn't usually my thing, but I am on the board of the synagogue and co-chair of programming, and while I had no hand in bringing Mr. Booker to speak, it is my responsibility to support, to the best of my abilities, all that we do at CBI.
Friday, January 8, 2010