Religious : : Thoughts from Our Rabbi

Thank you for your effort to stay connected and for working to be part of our caring community during this once in a one-hundred-year event of a pandemic.

Iknowitisnoteasytofindwaysforeachofusto make community a priority. It is very different to connect on the telephone or on the computer screen. Your community is very appreciative of you. The hardest thing is not to ‘feel’ the energy and to share time being in the same room and sitting at the same table. Even drinking a l’chayim in person together seems from a time long ago.

The great work of our Outreach Committee of Ro Probolsky and Jean Selner keeps us in touch with all of caring community, whether you have a computer, or tablet, or not. We thank them and recognize their efforts. Keep up the great work. If you want to volunteer to help, give Ro a call 949.360.1991.

Our volunteer Educator, Neal Linson, has been amazing in keeping our Hebrew school kids connected to the ‘Treasures of Judaism.’ We look forward to hearing from our kids and I commend each of our talented students, Ora, Rachel, Avram, Yishai, Micah – for their stick-to-it approach to Jewish learning.

What gives us strength when we are weary? What are the elements from which we can draw the energy to help us endure when we are feeling weak? Our bodies get strength from food and sleep; our souls get strength from inspiration, trust, and faith. There are people and relationships in our lives who give us the hope and ability to continue when we feel we can no longer persevere. What is helpful and powerful for one may not be for the other. As individuals, we learn to recognize and identify what subjectively gives us hope and what drains it out of us.

By recognizing and showing gratitude for what gives us strength, we will be able to call on those resources in times of need.

I ask us to give some thought about what builds us up, what helps us when we are not at our best. Try to write down what give us strength and recognize how important these things are to each of us. Make time to connect to someone who is shut-in or who you haven’t seen in a awhile. It will mean so much to both of you. Looking forward to getting out of Egypt with you…Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover!

B’vrachot, blessings, Rabbi Dennis