OUR point of view is this: We believe that spirituality is defined individually, not universally. That money should never be a barrier to participation, but rather a personal expression of community. It’s a simple proposition. We didn’t invent it, we just believe it!
Adonai said to Moses: “Carve two tablets of stone like the first, and I will inscribe upon the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you shattered.” (Exodus 34:1)
In the Talmud, we read that the remains of the first set of tablets, which Moses shattered, were carried in the Ark along with the new, whole carved commandments (Babylonian Talmud, B’rachot 8b).
All of us are touched by brokenness-an illness, the death of a loved one, an abusive relationship, unfulfilled hopes, and more -experiences that, while difficult and negative, also define our character and become part of our history. Much like the shards of the tablets carried in the Ark, we carry these painful learning experiences as we continue learning and growing on our life’s journey.
Sukkot reminds us of the human ability to experience opposites: we remember the broken commandments, the temporary wandering and homelessness, even while we rejoice in our thanksgiving and harvest festival. Sukkot challenges us to recognize fragility and loss while we are simultaneously commanded to rejoice during this magnificent festival.
What do we learn from this? That we do carry around our broken pieces, just like the Israelites did. But as they were able to also carry around the whole tablet, so too, do we know that we can move forward with our journey. They were not held back from experiencing God; from learning; from beauty, from joy.
This Sukkot, let us rejoice.
~ Rabbi Allison Vann
How to Say “Yes, and” to Inclusion
We are so proud of the work that Rabbi Nyer continues to do to make inclusion a central component of our educational strategy. Congratulations Rabbi Nyer on the publication of your article “How to Say ‘Yes, and’” on the Union for Reform Judaism blog!
Friday, October 21, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat service | Livestream
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