Weekly Message July 29 2016

Dear Congregants,

We have arranged a Shabbat lunch with a high profile speakers from our community. This is a rare opportunity to hear from Anthony Dickman and Jill Pleban who are in very specialized positions and they will share with us some of the unique things they do and about the highlights of their journey making it there.
I encourage everyone to join this exciting afternoon.

Serious does not equal sad, and reflective does not equal solemn. Certain times require deliberation and focus even though they are very happy times, for example at the height of a wedding ceremony.

King Solomon said: “Everything has it’s time, there is a time to rejoice and a time to cry..”. If we feel free to cry at the the appropriate time, then our joy will be complete at a time of happiness.

In the Jewish calendar we are now in the midst of a mourning and reflection period called “The 3 weeks.” We mourn over the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, as well as the Jewish settlement in Israel (around 70 CE). Nowadays this period has a happy twist to it because we are back in Israel with an ever growing and developing country.

The social strife and attitudes among the Jewish nation which led to this destruction have changed. In the lead up to these tragic events when we needed each other the most, we were not there for each other. Nowadays when times gets tough we are very much keen to help others, however there is always room for improvement. How do we behave when times are not tough, when we are not under threat? Do we get irritated with people who feel different, who think different, who act different, who are not “Our type of person..”?

If you reflect on how you can be tolerant towards someone whom naturally you don’t feel like you can, you have taken full advantage of this 3 week period, and have played a big part in reversing the damage that was done during those difficult times. This will also ensure enduring happiness for ourselves and others.

Special mentions of the week:

Mazeltov to Barbara and Mark Rosman on the birth of their granddaughter.

Mazeltov to David Shnider on the birth of a grandson.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Chaim and Dina Koncelposki