I love being Jewish, but there are a few aspects of Judaism that are perplexing. One of which I have experienced every Friday night for the last few weeks. We pray for dew and when it's still the rainy season! Surely the rabbis and sages of old could have envisioned Jews living outside of Israel in places that precipitate more frequently. And to be clear, it worked out well for me when I lived in the chaparral ecosystem of SoCal. But I wouldn't blame any Midwestern Jews for rolling their eyes at some of the more Israel-centric prayers.
One of the aspects that I love about Judaism is how our religious calendar syncs up with the secular school calendar. Our schedules are full in the fall, lighten in the Winter, pick up again in the Spring, and then we get a Summer break. It's hard not to see the parallels between receiving a diploma at graduation and receiving the Torah at Shavuot.
You guessed it; I am here to plug Shavuot! Shavuot is only a few weeks away and we are offering a few engaging opportunities for worship and learning. So please consider joining us virtually on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 pm on Zoom and Sunday, June 5 at 9:30 am in person and on Zoom. Stay for the study and dairy brunch (in-person only) following services. May our prayers for dew (not rain) be answered expeditiously and I hope to see you soon!
Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler