From The Rabbi's Desk


May and June are going to be a whirlwind of events at TCP:

  • The documentary "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point" will be shown on 5/1.
  • the Youth Choir has been invited to sing at the National Day of Prayer on 5/5.
  • Federation Shabbat Dinner and Speaker on 5/6 at BAS.
  • Mizmor Shir on 5/20
  • 3 B'nai mitzvah, a Dessert and Dog Show on 6/5
  • "Divas on the Bima" at BAS on 6/6
  • Rosh Chodesh Shavu’ot Service
  • Dinner and Discussion of the Book of Ruth on 6/11 and
  • Our Champagne Brunch to honor the Cartines and the Rosenthals on 6/26.
  • Whew! How wonderful that we have these incredible communal events to share. However, a wise person said that life is what happens to you when you're busy making plans. For example: I had no intentions of retiring my 2002 Camry. A dear friend's husband gave up driving recently. He had 2011 Prius looking for a home. It now has one. Rabbis are text-oriented people, as you know. A favorite game we play in the car is to make up words from license plates. When I was handed my new license plate, the message jumped out at me:

    JYS-9612. Joyous Life.

    (You also have to do a bit of Gematriya: 9+6+1+2=18 which equals Chai - Life.)

    This has been a phenomenal Spring with regard to flowers. It seems to me that this is the first real Spring we've had in many years. The flowers bloomed early in March and have held through varying temperatures through April into May. There is a blessing upon seeing fruit trees in bloom in the spring:

    Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Sovereign of the Universe, for nothing is lacking in God's universe and You created in it good creatures and good trees, to cause mankind pleasure in them.

    Jews have a blessing for almost everything.

    (Think of Fiddler on the Roof: "Rabbi, is there a blessing for the Czar?")

    We have a blessing for thunder, for lightning, for seeing a rainbow, for seeing a scholar, for seeing a destroyed synagogue that has been restored to its previous grandeur etc.

    We Jews are poignantly aware of the little things. We have "an attitude of gratitude". This particular attitude is at the heart of our prayers. May you be blessed to notice the little things.

    Rabbi Melody


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