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.
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,