I hope you will join us at services this Shabbat as we celebrate the bat mitzvah of Jordan Coltrain. Mazal Tov to Jordan and to her entire family!
Finally! We can all be together again in person and on Zoom! And, thankfully, we can celebrate a bat mitzvah together! What a blessing! But, it is more than a blessing. It is the way of our people. We are supposed to be together – young and old, women and men, girls and boys, especially in prayer!
When Moses was negotiating the release of our people from slavery, he insisted that not only the men would go to worship God, as Pharaoh had suggested, but that we would all go, together – men, women, young and old. This is who we are. This is the same community that later stood together at the foot of Mount Sinai to receive the Torah!
As we celebrate a bat mitzvah, we reconnect to the essence of our Jewish community. We come together, all of us, as one. United, yet individual – each soul created in the image of God and reflecting the marvel of creation. All of us together, reflecting the power of connection and of community!
As Moses said…All together now!
Rabbi Gilah Dror
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