There is a wonderfully instructive piece of advice offered by the rabbis in Ethics of our Fathers.
Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog
I think it’s fair to say that Israel has it rough on many university and college campuses today.
The yuntif season has ended with dramatic and efficient dispatch as the sukkah, the last vestige, is dismantled and put away.
Yom Kippur has ended and its majestic liturgy, typically, slips back into the machzor.
Consider…No nasty, musty odors…No pumps hard at work…No treasures floating down a street turned river…No food lines…No mops sloshing through saturated debris…No reliance on a strained FEMA…No manicured lawns buried in mud…No numb tears staring at a heap of splintered wood, twisted metal, shingles once a home…No hip boots wading in sludge …No pollut
The passage of time is something we all measure in a variety of ways. For most, we recognize the flight of days with calendars, birthdays, graduations and assorted milestones along the way. As we age, we glimpse a wrinkle or two, perhaps a gray hair and the occasional "Oy" as we wince with a new geriatric pain.
When I visited the classrooms on the first day of school, I was corrected by one of the teachers as I welcomed the children back to "Hebrew School." I was told that now it is called "Religious School." I adjusted my greeting appropriately but my blunder provided me an opportunity to relate a wonderful little piece of Etz Chaim history with the
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Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment. We offer:
Inspiring religious services
Educational, social, and cultural activities, serving multi-generational needs
A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
Connections with the broader community and opportunities for Tikkun Olam...
Our intention, in all activities, is to provide an environment of warmth and an opportunity for personal growth. We celebrate together, we pray together, and we learn together, making Etz Chaim truly a home away from home.