Rabbi's Weekly Message

A Message from Rabbi Peltz ~ Wednesday, October 11

Tonight begins the final celebrations of the month of Tishrei. On Wednesday night and Thursday we mark Shemini Atzeret, which then transitions into the joy of Simhat Torah on Thursday night and Friday. Finally, we rest on our most common holiday, Shabbat. The midrash asks why we need even more holidays at the end of this month. It's answer is beautiful and profound. After the introspection of Rosh Hashanah, the atonement of Yom Kippur, and the joy of Sukkot, God is sorry to see us go. It's like how after a fun night out with family or friends people linger together at the door before parting ways, as if they do not want a good night to come to end. On Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah, the midrash teaches, God asks us to linger at the door of the synagogue just a little bit longer. Yet we seek to do more than just linger, rather we want to make the most of these final moments of the holidays of Tishrei. On Simhat Torah, we'll do this by dancing and singing to mark our completion of reading the Torah. We celebrate together as a congregation, with services for people of all ages, at 6:15 pm this Thursday night, and then gather together again for more at services on Friday morning. And then we arrive at Shabbat Beresheet, where we begin reading the Torah all of over again with the book of Genesis. Though it's words stay the same, we, and our world, have changed since we heard them last year. We hope that you'll join us for these final holidays of Tishrei, and linger with us for just a little longer...

Hag Samaeh and Shabbat Shalom.