Everyone is invited to try out the new chairs in my office. Thanks to everyone at PJC for all your (lumbar) support.
Monday was my Jewish Lens teacher training class. During class, we went out to E. 10th St. to take a photo representing a Jewish value. Mine was of a woman pushing a stroller in a crosswalk while talking on a cell phone. "If I am not for myself, who is for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"(Hillel) Taking the picture taught me, these values are not complementary--they actually conflict.
I was truly blown away by Dr. Julius Wolk's remarks during our celebration of his 100th birthday today. His keen insight, wisdom, kindness, sense of humor and pride in his son were all on display. I was deeply moved. What a great way to end a very difficult week.
Illyse, Yoni and I really enjoyed marching with our PJC contingent in this year's Memorial Day Parade. As first-timers, we especially enjoyed the strong sense of community everyone seemed to have. it was a great advertisement for living in Plainview-Old Bethpage.
I used to think serving a congregation where there were simchas every week--and even multiple simchas--would be overwhelming. But at PJC, I am finding it really exhilarating to be celebrating all the time--and not just Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, but baby namings, auf rufs, anniversaries, special birthdays and trips to Israe...l. Thanks to all who are sharing celebrations with us. And keep those simchas coming.
My response to the question: Why is it hard to forgive those who wrong us? will run in tomorrow's Newsday "Ask the Clergy". If you are a Newsday subscriber, check it out.
My Hey class celebrated a "mock" baby naming today in the small sanctuary. It was a great opportunity for them to get some hands on experience of a lifecycle event. I hope they will be inspired to bring their daughters up to the Torah to be... named as well--but not any time in the near future.
To all my PJC friends, an easy fast tonight and tomorrow. May you all be inscribed iand sealed for a good, happy and healthy year. And to anyone who I may have wronged, until such time as I can personally ask forgiveness, I would at least like to ask... for cyber-forgiveness. I hope to do better by everyone in the coming year.Read More
I really enjoyed our Tashlich at Cold Spring Harbor yestereday. Thanks PJC, for introducing me to such a beautiful spot so close to home. May all of our sins float away from us in the coming year.
Check out our re-modeled PJC ark this Shabbat. Our bimah now has a new, unified look that makes the ark stand out even more. Yasher Koach to Arnie and Doris Cooper for coordinating, to Sisterhood for making it possible and to all our Torah schleppers.