newsletter.02.19

Jewish Blessings – rabbis said to say 100 blessings a day

Dear Families,

We are mid-February and gearing up for a long weekend. The theme this month for our sessions was Jewish blessings. We spoke about how the rabbis said to say 100 blessings a day. Blessings are meant to help us pause, become mindful and present and to soak up a moment in time. This has the potential to add joy, meaning, a sense of order, hope, connectedness, and purpose to our lives. We spoke about how the blessings are scripted Hebrew lines which mark everything from waking up, eating, going to the bathroom, seeing a rainbow, hearing good news, seeing beauty in nature, seeing a body of water, marking a mysterious event, and travelling.

Your children made beautiful wooden plaques that showed their favorite blessing.
                         
I shared that even if we don’t know the Hebrew line to say, we can just say…”Baruch Atah Adonai…Wow!” And we can fill in our own words. Or, if the God language doesn’t work for you, you can just call to the universe with your own sentiments.
Reminder: Our monthly ShabbatHere service will be Saturday, March 2 from 9:00-10:00 at my home in Highland Park. Please RSVP to me if you can come. The Torah portion for that Shabbat is: Vayakheil meaning (Moses) assembled.

If you or your children want to read a line of Torah, offer a short (few sentences long) mini-sermon or dvar Torah, that would be awesome! Or, if your child wants to practice leading a prayer, let me know!
Go to: https://reformjudaism.org/learning/torah-study/vayakheil for more information about the Torah portion

If you are planning a be mitzvah (bar/bar- I have started calling it be mitzvah) ceremony and want help with a mitzvah project, go to:  https://www.juf.org/teens/BM-Projects.aspx

You can go to cohereschedule.as.me to schedule your March time or just email me.

Purim begins in the evening March 20 and runs through March 21. The synagogues will have Purim carnivals and games open to the public on Sunday March 17 (or around then). If you want ideas of where to go, let me know. I will be teaching about Purim in our March session.

See you soon,
Ari