Weekly Newsletter – October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019  / 12 Tishrei 5780

Shabbat Begins: 6:12 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 7:16 p.m.   
Parsha: Ha’azinu: Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52

On Friday, October 4, to welcome our new Grade 8 families, we hosted our annual family Shabbat dinner. The atmosphere was friendly and upbeat, students and parents schmoozed and enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Cafe FortyOne.
This year, the program was based on a collaborative project between Grade 8 and Grade 12 students. English teachers Ira Cooper and Richelle Mackenzie matched each Grade 8 student with a Grade 12 student and they were tasked with interviewing each other. This provided a chance for the two grades to connect and get to know each other, assisting the Grade 8 students acclimatize to their new high school, and providing our senior students with the opportunity to serve as mentors. It was a meaningful activity that provided the context for the poems written by each student from the perspective of their partner. All poems were then displayed on the walls around the atrium, and parents had a chance to discuss the project and poetry with their children. 

Later, we had singing, brachot and kiddush, all led by our studentsJamie Chelin, Zach Fisher, Max Forman, Anaiya Greenberg, Hannah Karasenty-Saltoun, Dan Mizrachi, Judah Moscovitz, Jacob Porte, Uriel Presman Chikiar, Gal and Eden Pretli, Arel Steen, Orian Yona, and Maya Zilberberg. Rabbi Berger, as always, had some words of Torah to share which were especially significant, taking place during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva (10 days of repentance). 
Thank you to all who attended!

Despite being six months apart, Sukkot and Passover both commemorate the very same night – just from different perspectives. Passover celebrates freedom, and Sukkot represents what we were willing to do when that freedom was granted.

Despite being enslaved, Egypt was all we knew. In fact, our rabbis report that many Jews chose to stay behind. So, with the freedom we received at Passover, we were also given our first real choice: stick with what we knew, or enter into an unknown wilderness with an unknowable God. We were being asked to leave behind our roots and security to take a leap of faith. In short, we were asked to trust. Our ancestors, fragile and vulnerable, trusted enough to place themselves under the care of another.

Trust is the foundation of all relationships. We put trust in our friends to support us and not hurt us. When we commit to spending the rest of our lives with someone, we are putting our lives and hearts in the hands of another. This is one of the biggest acts of trust we can make. When we apologize – an act that opens us up and exposes ourselves and our weaknesses – we trust (and hope) that the other person will not use it against us. We trust that they will respond to our confession with forgiveness.

This trust is what we recreate during Sukkot.

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Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sukkot Sameach!


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