We cannot escape life’s unpredictabilities, but our temporal landscape provides us with surety and consistency. We are time travelers within a structure that remains constant – the sun rises and sets, the earth spins on its axis. Jewish tradition punctuates these rhythms with sacred days. These holy times ground us, reminding us that we are part of something greater, something that came before us and will continue after us. As we journey through time, our holiday cycle invites us to pause so that we take in the wonders of our lives instead of simply passing through our days.
The Shaaray Tefila community celebrates Jewish holidays with a spirit of discovery and rejuvenation. When we dance with our sacred scrolls on Simchat Torah, meditate on destruction and restoration on Tishah B’Av, mindfully enter the new year on Rosh HaShanah, savor the bounty of blessings in our lives on Sukkot, kindle lights of hope and fortitude on Chanukah, or bring alive any other festival or holy day, our congregation and clergy celebrate the blessing of a shared experience. At the same time, these celebrations provide for personal renewal, energizing our voyages through the cycles of our natural world and the seasons of our lives.