Well, the three High Holy Day Prayer Books have now been packed away, the stray Memorial Books and High Holy Day handouts have been removed from the pews, and even the splendid Sanctuary Succah has faded and by now its fruit and flowers have been taken down. The many bags of groceries have been delivered to the folks at The Second Harvest along with our annual donation. The Torah covers in the ark are now returned to their customary burgundy. The new High Holy Day white covers are again safely wrapped for protection and placed in storage.
There is a collective breath of relief from the Temple’s exhausted professional staff, and we all share gratitude that all has gone well and our very best was offered to the glory of God and our people’s sacred heritage during this awesome Hebrew month of Tishri.
Your letters, cards, phone messages, and emails have assured us all that you were moved and inspired by the prayers, the music and the messages of these most holy days and the beautiful harvest festival as well.
On behalf of everyone here at Temple Sinai, we now want to remind each one of our Temple members, Judaism does not end with the Break the Fast! Both young and older, our Judaism has so much to offer us all year long. Don’t be a Seventh Day Absentist! Join us on Shabbat!
Modern life discourages introspection and we all need a time to slow it down, to explore and to savor life’s opportunities for joy and purpose. In one of his books, columnist Thomas Friedman related this engaging African proverb.
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.
My friends, surely you are not willing to settle for that as a description of your life are you? We are more than animals running in pursuit or fleeing from fear.
Lion or gazelle, pursuer or the pursued, step out of the furious race for a while and join us for Shabbat at Temple Sinai. Secure and welcome, I promise you that Shabbat Shalom, Sabbath peace, will provide you a safe and refreshing escape from the “Jungle.”
Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn