Messages from Rabbi Russo

July 15, 2016 - 9 Tamuz

We once again enter Shabbat with heavy hearts after a devastating terror attack in Nice, France.  We will explore the Torah's response to loss when we read about Miriam and Aaron's deaths in Parashat Chukkat tomorrow morning.  
As we balance our grief with the joy and respite of Shabbat, I encourage all of you to come out tonight for a healing, uplifting Friday night services.  Hazzan Kasper will be joined by Cantor Jerry Blum. Together they will lead a service incorporating the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Reb Shir Yaakov Feit, and others.  As Hazzan Kasper paraphrased for me earlier today, music is the wings that carries prayer towards the Source.  We can tap into the beautiful melodies coupled with the words of our ancient tradition to recenter ourselves and connect to God during difficult times.  We hope to see many of you with us tonight. 
Shabbat Shalom