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Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman

Friends,                          
 
As we prepare for Mother's Day this week, I came across an inspiring reading that I want to share with all of you. I hope it can inspire some important conversations on Shabbat and Sunday.
 
Shabbat Shalom
 
Rabbi Adam Feldman
 
Acknowledge the Wide Continuum of Mothering
Adapted from Amy Young - MessyMiddle.com

To those who gave birth this year - we celebrate with you

To those who lost their mothers this year - we grieve with you

To those who lost a child this year - we mourn with you

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms - we need you

To those who recently became grandmothers - we rejoice with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains - we appreciate you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment - we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don't mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away-we mourn with you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children - we celebrate with you

To those who are stepmothers - we walk with you on these complex paths

To those who have disappointment, heartache, and distance with your children - we sit with you

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, college acceptances and the overall testing of motherhood - we are better for having you in our midst

To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children - we are sorry that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be

To those who are planning their first wedding with their child this year - we are happy for you

To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren - yet that dream is not to be, we support you

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year - we grieve and rejoice with you

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising -we anticipate with you

This Mother's Day, we accept that mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We honor you.
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