This Shabbat Guide is a map to use as you enter the Gate of Shabbat, the Gate of Torah, the Gate of Prayer, and the Gate of Community. Avodah – passionate prayer and mitzvot – performing God’s commandments, are the foundations of the Shabbat service.
Blades of Grass
A midrash teaches us that behind every blade of grass, there is a special angel in heaven whispering encouragement: “grow, grow.” (Midrash Bereishit Rabbah, parsha yud, piska vav based on Job 38:33). This midrash captures who we are right now.
We are blades of grass, needing to grow. That is what Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are all about. How can we be more than we were last year? How can we do better than we did last year?
If we read these essays thoughtfully, we can become each other’s rabbis and students. Better yet – we can become each other’s blades of grass and angels. Grow, grow. Read Blades of Grass.
Living Legacy Project
The Temple Emanuel Living Legacy project is an on-going
initiative aimed at encouraging and helping members of our synagogue prepare living legacies for their loved ones. A living legacy is a personal statement which conveys to ourselves and to our children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends what has been most important and meaningful in our lives.In shorthand, we refer to the Temple Emanuel Living Legacy project by the acronym TELL.
Just as Moses was commanded at the end of Deuteronomy to “tell” the Hebrew children his teachings, and as we “tell” the story of the Haggadah each Pesach to our children, so we should tell our personal stories and teachings to those who matter most to us.The TELL project evolves naturally from our synagogue’s “Make Your Mark” project. We move from writing a single letter with our families in the Torah, to writing a multi-page letter for our families in our homes.The purpose of this Guide is twofold. First, it is intended to urge you to prepare a living legacy. Second, it provides you with information and advice to help you get started creating your own personal living legacy. If we may slightly amend the famous Talmudic injunction, you are not called upon to complete the task [alone], but neither are you free to evade it. Take advantage of this Temple Emanuel initiative. Let us help you prepare a living legacy. It will be one of the most valuable things you do for your family.
Please read the TELL Guide. We invite your questions and comments.
Gary Orren and Barrie and Carole Greiff
Co-Chairs The Temple Emanuel Living Legacy Project