|From Rabbi Peter Stein
There is an old custom prescribed for the weeks when we reach the end of one of the books of Torah in the reading cycle. We proclaim, "Chazak, chazak, venitchazek!" Literally: strength, strength, may we be strengthened! It is a blessing that expresses joy and gratitude that we have had the strength to read and study and learn from the Torah. It is a blessing that expresses the perspective that we never want to be done with the Torah, and so we pray for the strength to continue on into the next book, and one year hence, back to the reading of this book again. It is a perpetual cycle of growth and inspiration.
Rabbi Levy and I look forward to seeing you this Shabbat. We will reach the end of the book of Numbers and proclaim chazak! We will celebrate a bar mitzvah, rejoicing in the most tangible way that our tradition is passed from generation to generation, given new life as the Torah is given new life by another generation.
Much has been said during the month of the optimistic feeling that is in the air. Rabbi Levy and I look forward to building on that sense of excitement, creating concrete practices that let our Judaism flourish. As we continue our busy summer of transition and as we plan for a fall that will be filled with wonderful activity, I encourage you to come out and join us. I hope that each of you will set a personal goal to experiment with something new at TBK and that each of you will help us spread the word about the creative, inclusive, and joyful community that is Temple B'rith Kodesh today.
Rabbi Peter W. Stein
9th Annual TBK Chamber Music Concert
Presented by Larry and Michelle Klepper
Wednesday July 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Pre-concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
Juliana Athayde, violin
Shannon Nance, violin
Marc Anderson, viola
Stefan Reuss, cello
Eric Behr, oboe
Come enjoy the magic of a premier chamber music ensemble in Rochester, including some of the RPO's most celebrated artists. The musical selections will be works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This concert is free and open to the public courtesy of the Kleppers! Following the concert we will enjoy a small reception.