Shabbat and Candle Lighting for Friday, October 5, 2018 / 26 Tishrei 5779
Light Shabbat candles at 5:49 p.m
ngregation Kehillah and Friends,
A new beginning! Parashat Beresheet contains the story of the creation of the world, according to Jewish tradition. There are numerous creation "myths" emanating from various civilizations and cultures. One of the most famous creation stories is the Enuma Elish, told by early ancient peoples such as the Babylonians and Sumerians. Our Torah introduced a revolutionary theory about the creation of heaven, earth, and human life. While other ancient peoples attributed creation to numerous gods, the Torah begins by teaching that God alone created everything and that we are not here by accident, but have a unique design and purpose; that creation is a blessing, and that we are responsible for each other and for all creation.
Beresheet is much more than a "report" of how the world was created!
Time for a new beginning...
A kavannah for candle lighting for Shabbat Beresheet
Holy One, thank you for allowing us to begin again. Guide me - guide us - in celebrating life as we realize and actualize our unique andindispensable purpose in this world.
What a journey it has been - fromSelichotthrough the end ofSukkot! Sixty days of hard work, and also great richness.
Returning this month: Torah Talk, a favorite Kehillah tradition. That's Saturday, October 20, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Kehillah.
But before then, I look forward to seeing you next Friday (October 12), for Kabbalat Shabbat, and Saturday (October 13), when Carter Toppel becomes a Bar Mitzvah!