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Rabbi's Weekly Message

     Rabbi's Message

     This week Jews around the world are celebrating Sukkot.  One of the major elements of Sukkot (in addition to shaking         the lulav and spending time in a sukkah) is the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim - welcoming guests.  We are all about that         here!  Our tradition teaches us that just as Abraham welcomed the angels into his tent, we should welcome others into our own tents.  Abraham rushed out to greet the wandering strangers, bringing them in, feeding them, helping make them comfortable.

Over the High Holy Day season we invited guests - former and prospective members - to join us, experience our community, and hopefully find a place at TBK.  This is something we should do all year round!  Do you have friends interested in exploring Judaism or connecting with other Jewish people?  Invite them over, welcome them in!  

Over and over in Torah we are told to be kind to strangers because we were strangers in the land of Egypt.  We are taught to remember the feeling of being a stranger so that we will have empathy for the strangers among us.  We’ve all been strangers somewhere and know how wonderful it feels when someone goes out of their way to reach out to us and invite us in.  If you see someone here you don’t know, introduce yourself!  Bring a friend to services, tell them about your kid’s religious school teacher, share this wonderful community with others who just might not know.  

We are stronger together in all ways - as a synagogue, a community, a people, and a country.  Live the mitzvah of Sukkot - practice hachnasat orchim.  Exercise audacious hospitality at TBK and wherever you go!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Rochelle

Sat, January 25 2020 28 Tevet 5780