Being Together is a Good Place to Be

Rabbi's Message - October 12, 2021

Rabbi Tina Sobo

Just a couple weeks ago, we restarted our annual cycle of Torah reading.  After Adam and all the animals are created, Adam feels lonely, and we read God’s observation, “It is not good for adam to be alone.”  We can read the Hebrew word adam as Adam’s name, or we can read it more generally, a person, people – it is not good for people to be alone.  From our very creation, we are meant to be in relationship with God and with one another – whether that is in our familial and romantic connections, or friendships, work relationships, and more – it is not good to be alone.

Navigating relationships is easy at times, stormy at others.  It can be easy to think throwing in the towel and walking away is the best option – it’s not.  Jewish tradition wants us to be with others.  We are called to “love your fellow as yourself,” and that “all Jews are responsible/accountable to one another.”  

As religious school has resumed in-person learning this year, I’m shocked by how much our students have grown.  On the one hand, physically, I have to look up to see some of them now!  But in maturity, self-confidence, how they carry themselves, and more.  They are the same people as before, but they are also not the same.  When we see people frequently, it is harder to see that growth.  In our relationships with one another, we cannot just do things the way we always have, because everyone is growing, changing, developing.  

This week at Temple, we have sessions with RAC-Ohio, we might attend the JCC's Cultural Arts & Book Series presentation on Jewish parenting, we might be starting or continuing in one of our learning programs at Temple (shameless plug for Hebrew classes tonight and Talmud on Tuesdays with me, and Thinking about God with Rabbi Bodney-Halasz on Thursdays).  I hope that these opportunities and more give us the perspective to stop and take stock of our own growth and development and that of those around us, as we continue to love and support one another to always be growing in holiness together.

Thinking About God: Part 1

Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz

Thinking About God: Part 1
Thursdays October 14, 21, and November 4, 11, 18 at noon

Rabbi Bodney-Halasz leads us on a journey through Rabbi Kari H. Tuling's book "Thinking About God: Jewish Views," beginning with Part I: Is God the Creator and Source of All Being—including Evil? Over five weeks we will examine this question through biblical, liturgical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern texts, Feel free to bring your own lunch.  This class is free.  Register now.

Joint Educational Programming

New Learning Opportunities

We are now partnering with Temple Beth Or's Adult Education Committee on specific programs and classes.  

History of Rocky Relationships Between American Jews and the Black Community 
October 11 & 20 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

Barb Katz will be joining us for a two part presentation on the history of the rocky relationship between American Jews and the Black community. Barb will start with slave trade in the 17th Century and culminate with a few comments about the current situation post the murder of George Floyd. Throughout the presentations we will learn how the two communities interacted in good times and in bad, while working to make America a better place to live.  Please join the Adult Education Committees of Temple Beth Or and Temple Israel in welcoming Barb Katz to our programs on October 11 and 20 from 6:30pm-8pm. This is a Zoom event and only requires one registration for both parts.  Register here.

Questions?  Email Philip Hoffheimer - aphoffheimer@gmail.com