Tisha B’Av and the Jewish responses to suffering

Jul 30 2014

Shalom all!

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of July, and I’ll be coming up for my fifth weekend st the Lake! The synagogue is truly in a beautiful setting, and I can see why you return summer after summer.

This Friday night, in advance of the observance of Tisha B’Av, I will be speaking about Jewish responses to suffering.

Yasher koach to everyone who has joined us for Shabbat services; the strong commitment you have to the congregation is evident. Participation on Shabbat morning has been great, and I appreciate your beginning your day with us in prayer and song.

Some additional attendance on Friday nights, however, would be helpful and much appreciated. We have congregants who are saying kaddish for a loved one, and many who observe yahrzeits during this time. Still others have the custom of reciting kaddish for individuals who have no one to remember them.

One of the many impressive aspects of Congregation Temple Beth El is its strong sense of community, which extends to supporting each other, and this includes ensuring that we have a minyan at services, so those saying kaddish may properly do so.

I know Friday nights aren’t always easy; there’s traffic to contend with and other activities that come up. And not everyone is in town every weekend. We have 5 or 6 shabbatot left for the summer…. please consider making a commitment to attending at least one or two, if you’re not already.

Wishing you a sunny rest of the week, and hoping to see you on Shabbat!



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