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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman

Dear Friends,
 
            In between high school and college, I spent a year in Israel studying at Hebrew University and working on a kibbutz. My job on kibbutz was to work in the kitchen schlepping, unloading, cleaning and other interesting tasks. I have vivid memories of the day after Purim when my boss told me that it was time to begin to clean for Pesach. He then showed me a room I never knew existed. It was the Pesach room and it became my new project.  Every year as we move on from the Purim holiday and move into the weeks leading into Passover, I remember my days on Kibbutz and the festivals of spring. Considering how much snow is still on the ground, it is hard for us to believe that spring will begin next week.
            Spring is the favorite time of year for many of us, as we move away from the challenges of winter and move into the rebirth and renewal of spring. This is one of the reasons that Passover is called Chag HaAviv - the festival of the spring. Passover is about our rebirth as a nation - moving from the winter of slavery into the new sense of freedom.  It is a time to put flowers on the table, be more aware of nature's changes and embrace the positive energy emerging around us.
            I know that many of us are not yet ready to talk about Passover but since the Pesach food is already on the shelves in the grocery stores, I want to help us prepare for the holiday with some inspiring words and thoughts. There will be plenty of time in the weeks ahead to prepare for the holiday and share ideas for our Seder, but for now I share the following poem "A Prayer in Spring" written by Robert Frost. I believe this poem speaks to the beauty of this season and many of the feelings we have as we look forward to Shabbat later today and Passover in a few weeks:
 
            Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today:
            And give us not to think so far away
            As the uncertain harvest: keep us here
            All simply in the springing of the year.
 
            Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
            Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
            And make us happy in the happy bees,
            The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
 
            And make us happy in the darting bird
            That suddenly above the bees is heard,
            The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
            And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
 
            For this is love and nothing else is love,
            The which it is reserved for God above
            To sanctify to what far ends God will,
            But which it only needs that we fulfill.
 
With best wishes for a Happy Spring and a Shabbat Shalom,
 
Rabbi Adam Feldman
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