I have two things to share with you this week:
1) I know that it is a holiday weekend and that many people will be away. However, if you are in town this Shabbat, I encourage you to join us on Shabbat morning. In lieu of a sermon this Shabbat, I want to spend time reviewing an important concept that is found throughout the Siddur. Two weeks ago, I spoke on Shabbat morning about Kedusha (Sacredness or Holiness) because it was the name of the Torah Reading. The Hebrew root K D Sh is found often in that Torah Reading and is the basis of Kedusha - sanctity and sacredness through Jewish Tradition. Since that time, I noticed that the same word, or variants of the word, appear very often in our Shabbat morning liturgy. This Shabbat morning, I want to explore them with you. We will take some time to identify many of the references in our Shabbat liturgy, discuss their meaning and role in the service and see how they connect to one another. We will also spend time studying and discussing the main prayers on this theme - the Kedusha. Since it appears twice in our service, we will see how the two prayers are similar and how they are different. You may want to bring a few paper clips or post it notes to mark the pages of the Siddur to help us identify how often the root K D Sh appears in the siddur. In addition to the time together during the service, I will encourage people to continue to talk about this them during lunch afterwards.
2) The second subject I want to bring to your attention today is the trip we are planning to Cuba in February of 2020. There is information in the recent TJC newsletter and when you read it you will see that it promises to be a fabulous trip. I want to thank Charlene Borsack for all of her work in organizing the trip. We had a wonderful information session a few weeks ago and we have many people interested in going. The registration for the trip is now open. The best place to learn more is by going to www.wptrips.com/brochure. This link will show you the amazing places we plan to visit and some of the unique cultural highlights of the experience.
I have never been to Cuba but know that there is a rich Jewish history in addition to amazing cultural experiences there. I am looking forward to being a part of this exciting program. I hope that you will consider joining me and the other members of TJC who will be there. To be a part of a synagogue trip is a great experience and allows all of us to create a bond with the other participants. This will not be the first time that Charlene and I travel together on a TJC trip. If you join us in Cuba we will tell you some of our stories from the Israel trip together.
As we know, this weekend is the beginning of the summer season. I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend and begins to make plans for an exciting summer. As you do, please keep us in mind and do your best to be a part of some of the exciting things we have planned at TJC this summer.
Have a great holiday weekend and Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Adam Feldman