Messages from Rabbi Russo

May 20, 2016 - 12 Iyar

In Parashat Emor we read about the holidays such as Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Shavuot.  Immediately afterwards God tells us, "These are My fixed times, the fixed times of the Lord, which you shall proclaim as sacred occasions."  There is a midrash which understands this verse to be representative of the partnership between God and the Jewish people.  God sets the holidays and the Israelites make them sacred.  This is true of today.  The calendar is mostly set well in advance.

At the synagogue we have our own calendar meeting coming up soon.  How we recognize the holidays, celebrate them, and infuse holiness into them is up to us.  We cannot slow down or speed up time, but we can choose how we recognize time and how we bring holiness in.  

May you all have a holy Shabbat.  We have a special Sisterhood Shabbat planned and we hope you will join us as we celebrate Shabbat and women in our synagogue.
Shabbat Shalom.