A Message from Our Rabbi
May 11, 2022

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become by achieving your goals." (Zig Ziglar)

Our Torah portion this week offers us a long list of laws regulating the lives and sacrifices of the priests, laws dealing with profanity, murder, and the maiming of others, as well as commandments around how we are to observe the sacred times on our Jewish calendar. Read by itself, sections of this portion feel a bit outdated. But connecting it to last week's portion (the holiness code), we understand the fullness and meaning of it a bit better. In everything we do, from the minor and mundane, to the exceptional and extraordinary, we are to strive for holiness and, in doing so, we seek to bring more holiness into our world. How we go about our work in the world matters. But what often matters even more is the kind of people we become along the way. 

Friday evening, I, along with Cantor Hochman, Jill Moghadam, Adam Roth, and 12th grade teacher, Pam Folbaum, invite you to join us for a very special Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 pm. The service will be led, in large part, by our Hebrew High School Graduation Class, as we honor our graduates and celebrate with them. (Shabbat siddur)

Shabbat morning, Torah Study begins at 10:00 am. We are honored to welcome Rabbi Rami Shapiro back to M'kor Shalom (on zoom), as he will lead a conversation about "One Foot Judaism: Hillel's Revolution, Abaye's Revelation, and becoming a Hidden Saint." There will be no separate Spice Up Your Judaism session this week. (Zoom)

And Sunday we look forward to joining together (in person or virtually) for our M'kor Or celebration and program


Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel