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 what your donation makes possible:**

 

$7,500     Annual Rosh Hashanah Luncheon

$2,000     One year live streaming of Kabbalat Shabbat Services

$1,000     One day of Our Tent programming

$720        Annual Pints on Purim Program

$360       Simchat Torah congregational dinner

$180       Postage for one monthly bulletin mailing

$72........Paper goods for one Calvary Church Supper for the needy

**examples of typical expenses

 

 

 

 

 

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Torah Talk

IN ONLY 6 WORDS...

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, author, journalist and teacher. He has written more than 600 pieces of new liturgy, offering a fresh new Jewish voice, challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth and prayer.

Writing from personal experience and study, Solovy also engages in experiments with his writing, often inviting others to join with him. Recently, he began a Facebook group to explore prayer, called “Six Word Prayers”. He writes, “Six-word prayers cut to the heart of our deepest desires, our highest yearnings and our most crushing griefs”.

Almost 3,000 people have joined the Facebook group, each sharing six words from their hearts, or by a particular prompt.

Yesterday, Solovy wrote: “The man I wrestle is Me”.

He was motivated by this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach. Jacob has left home, finally free of his father in law Laban’s harsh decrees.  Jacob has learned that he will encounter Esau, the brother whom he tricked those many years ago. Afraid, he works keep his wives and property away from Esau. The night before he will reunite with his twin, Jacob goes to sleep, anxious, and alone. 

Yet, somehow, even though the text explicitly states that Jacob is alone, Jacob wrestles with a man until dawn.

Who is this man?

Tradition teaches that the man is a Divine Messenger.  Modern commentary posits that Jacob have been wrestling with his own conscience? Perhaps this was a spiritual God-wrestling?

In six words, Solovy weaves together these three possibilities—and hints at more.

What would your six-word prayer be for this Shabbat? For Vayishlach? My prayer for this Torah portion:  

         After darkness: new identity: a rebirth?

~ Rabbi Allison Vann

Wed, December 13 2017 25 Kislev 5778