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Rabbi Aft's Weekly Message

12/04/2015 10:47:21 AM

Dec4

Dear Friends,

 

First of all, once again our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in San Bernardino, California.  Please treasure each moment with those you love....

 

 

He clearly is my favorite character in the Bible.  We begin the story of Joseph this Shabbat during the Torah reading.  I hope you will join us for services tomorrow morning especially since we will have teenagers participating in our worship service and doing some Torah reading.  We also will have a Lunch and Learn where we will explore the subject of what is Jewish power.

 

But let's get back to the Joseph story....what a great drama...He is a favorite son, has issues with family members, faces challenges in his life, suffers significant setbacks, and enjoys great success.  He is crafty, he will cry, he has a complicated relationship with his father, and in many special ways is a role model for so many of us as we wrestle with our own situations in life.

 

However...my favorite character is "ha Ish."  As you read Chapter 37 in Genesis, you will see that Joseph searches for his brothers and encounters a person who helps him.  That person is unnamed and I believe the reason the person is unnamed is because any one of us could be that person.  How many of us have found ourselves in a position to help someone?  The person remains unnamed to inspire us in our own personal lives to reach out and help people.  At services tomorrow morning, I will talk about the impact of this person's outreach and how that simple act of kindness changed the world.  Many of you are familiar with the following lyrics from "We May Never Pass This Way Again" by Seals and Crofts:

 

Life, so they say
Is but a game and they'd let it slip away
Love, like the autumn sun
Should be dyin' but it's only just begun

Like the twilight in the road up ahead
They don't see just where we're goin'
All the secrets in the universe whisper in our ears
All the years come and go, take us up, always up

We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again

Dreams, so they say
Are for the fools and they let 'em drift away
Peace, like the silent dove
Should be flyin' but it's only just begun

Like Columbus in the olden days
We must gather all our courage
Sail our ships out on the open seas cast away our fears and
All the years come and go take us up, always up

We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again

So I wanna laugh while the laughin' is easy
I wanna cry it makes it worthwhile
I may never pass this way again
That's why I want it with you

'Cause you make me feel like I'm more than a friend
Like I'm the journey and you're the journey's end
I may never pass this way again
That's why I want it with you

We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again
We may never pass this way again

I hope that the actions of "ha ish" will inspire us to reach out, especially during this Holiday season, and help someone in need.  We may never pass this way again and so never know when we will be confronted with a once in a lifetime opportunity to help someone.

Finally, as we prepare to celebrate Chanukah on Sunday night, I hope you will find the link below to be informative.  Although written for interfaith families, I think that all of us can find information that will inspire a more meaningful celebration of Chanukah.  (If you can't open the link, please let me know since hard copies may be available).

 

Shabbat Shalom and Chappy Chanukah!

 

Rabbi Bruce Aft

 

 

Click here for the pdf Guild to Hanukkah for Interfaith Families

 

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