The year is zooming by. I hope you had a light-filled Chanukah. I hope Christmas will be joyous and beautiful for those who celebrate in different ways. I hope winter break is relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your kids.
If you do not have a January session, please be in touch. You can also pick a session here.
In December, we reviewed the Chanukah story. We learned how to light the special menorah. We learned about the shamash, helper candle. We made shiny, glittery collages. We also worked on the concept of tikkun olam- fixing our broken world. I told the mystical story of creation and we blew up beach ball worlds and put on Band-Aids to commit to doing our part.
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We had our first ShabbatHere service in my home. 10 families came. We read and sang our way through a Shabbat morning service. Hearing the prayers over and over is the best way to internalize the words and tunes. We will hold these services the first Saturday of the month going forward. The only problem is that the first Saturday in January, I am out of town until the afternoon. So, for just this month, we’ll have a special havdallah evening service from 5:00-6:00. I’ll order pizza for our oneg (treats after the service). Havdallah involves a beautiful twisted candle and sweet spices. Please let me know if you can come.
Happy New Year, CoHere families. Thank you for letting me work with your families. Thank you for inviting me into your homes and your lives. I pray that building the major pieces of Jewish literacy and regularly thinking about Judaism and how we are connected to the values and traditions adds joy, meaning, sacred purpose, connectedness, order and hope to our lives.
Rabbi Ari Moffic