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10/15/2014 07:26:05 AM


Dear Friends,

During the celebration of Sukkot, it is customary to read from Koheleth or Ecclesiastes. Among the most famous selections is from Chapter 3:

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

I have led numerous discussions about whether the book of Koheleth is a positive or negative statement about life. I find this passage to be uplifting and when the Scroll of Koheleth also discusses that there is nothing new under the sun (Chapter 1:9), it serves as a powerful reminder that throughout the joys and challenges of life, we are sharing life situations that others have faced. I feel a sense of camaraderie and support when I  realize that others have had similar experiences. When we share life's moments with others, these times are enriched and we recognize that we are not alone. I also realize that life will have many magical moments, but there will be less than magical moments. Acknowledging this occurrence allows me not to get too excited during the highs or too disappointed during the lows. It reminds me that I should celebrate the good times because there will be some less than good times along the journey through life.

We will be celebrating good times together the weekend of Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, when Sheldon Lowspends Shabbat and Sunday with us. Please make every attempt to join us for as much of the weekend as you can. Please clickHERE to enjoy a taste of his music.

Finally, I have received significant feedback about my High Holiday sermons and we are having them transcribed.  We will let you know when they will be on our web site.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Bruce D. Aft 

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Come get KNOTTY with us at Congregation Adat Reyim!

Do you have a teenager at home? This Sunday from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Congregation Adat Reyim, there will be a special program for all of our teens! We will begin by getting knotted up together! (Don't worry's all in good taste!) Then we will join together in a mitzvah project (no-sew blankets), a movie (PG-13 or lower), pizza and popcorn (what's a movie without popcorn?), and FUN! The program will be from  lasts from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  There is NO charge for this program!

What if your student is not a member of our Teen Program? Not a problem for this program.  Just have them come! Please contact Rabbi Weiner if you have any questions at or (703) 569-7597.

By the way -- next semester begins on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Registration packets are available at our website and will be at the program on Sunday

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