23rd of Elul

23rd of Elul: Thursday, September 22nd

You shall sanctify Me in the midst of the Israelite people…

(Lev. 22:32)

The Jewish community is central to Jewish worship and practice.  We require ten or more Jews to gather in prayer (B Talmud Megillah 23b; J Talmud Megillah 4:4).  We are commanded to not separate from the community (Pirkei Avot 2:5).

Perhaps the most memorable moments as a community are those we spend in celebration.  We remember dancing with friends and spouses, singing around campfires, and cheering for the accomplishments of those we love.  When people we care about are celebrating, it increases our joy to see their happiness.

That is the essence of community.  Solitary celebrations can be wonderful, but when the community gathers to celebrate with us, our joy is increased a hundredfold.

May all of our celebrations in the coming year be magnified by the reflection of our own joy in the eyes of those we love, and may we all have many things to celebrate as a joyous Jewish community.

 

These daily Elul messages are the product of a cooperative venture by Rabbis Asher Knight (Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas), Bradley Levenberg (Temple Sinai, Atlanta, Georgia), Jason Nevarez (Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, New York), and David N. Young (Temple Sinai, Miami, Florida).

 

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