Dear friends, Most of you will, I’m sure, agree that Judaism is something important and worth saving. Most of us do our part. Some of us are involved with Israel, others with helping support this synagogue. Some of us care about the very Jewish message of making the world a better place for all. I would suggest to you something that I think we all know but perhaps do not think of. Of all the things we can do for Judaism, the most basic one is to live the Jewish lifestyle. We are soon to celebrate Sukkot and Simchat Torah. This gives us many opportunities to honor Judaism; we honor Judaism most by attending services, eating in the Sukkah, (and this year our Sisterhood has generously provided a Sukkot luncheon), shaking the Lulav and Etrog, and dancing with the Torah. Our denunciation of Anti-Semitism and our supporting Israel is important. Our living the Jewish lifestyle however, makes the teachings of our faith come alive in a personal way. Sukkot teaches us to be grateful for G-d’s bounty. The Lulav and Etrog teach us the lesson of inclusivity and the value of each and every person. The Sukkah teaches us about life’s transience. Dancing with the Torah teaches us to celebrate G-d’s word with joy. Yizkor connects us with past generations. In keeping our traditions, we are enriched. To paraphrase the words of JFK, “It is not only what you can do for Judaism but what Judaism can do for you.” As we begin the new year, let us do for Judaism, for the Jewish people and for G-d by living Judaism’s lessons and its lifestyle, and in turn let Judaism do for us by its wisdom and its inspiration.
Shanah Tova, Chag Sameach,