So the Rabbi , a Kabbalist of mystical Torah interpretation, told my wife to concentrate on 3 commandments.
3) Going to Synagogue
Today, we had a little delay and almost didn't make it to synagogue, but my wife said, "Remember what the Kabbalist said about going every week," so we went even though we were a little late.
We went to a conservative synagogue today called, B'nai Israel, in Rockville - it was our second time there.
The services there are so orchestrated down to the tiniest of details...you could tell that a lot of thought, planning, and effort goes into every service.
I was really impressed at how meticulous they were for example:
- Explaining everything and even handing out the sources to their Shabbat speech
- Having everyone ready for their part of the service whether leading the prayers, reading the Torah, or making the blessings over the wine and bread (which was already on a cart on the bimah--alter)
- Including a women who read the weekly Torah portion, children who led some of the prayers, an elderly lady who spoke about upcoming events for the Seniors group, and they even sang Hanukah songs in everything from Ladino to Yiddish.
At the end of the service, we spoke briefly to the Rabbi and thanked him for such a "perfect service," and my wife commented how he had such a cool radio voice when he leads the congregation (and he really does..like JM (jewish music) in the AM).
After service, I told my wife how happy I was that we made it to synagogue, that is was like nourishment to my spirit and soul for the week.
We have to feed ourselves physically as well as intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course spiritually.
Like the fingers on our hand...we need them all to hold unto life itself. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)