Friday, October 24, 2003

A Shabbat of New Beginnings

Hello and an early Shabbat Shalom (the greeting we say to one another on the sabbath, literally means "sabbath peace"). Tonight we begin the Torah (the name for the 1st 5 books of the Bible) reading cycle again. So, on this sabbath we begin with the creation of the world and continue through the strive of humans for knowledge as well as (sadly) news of the first murder. Even though we know the stories well, we read them again and again, coming to the text anew.

I find it refreshing to begin the cycle again, full of hope and the promise of continued healing and growth. So, in that spirit, I wish you a sabbath of hope and healing, whether or not you are Jewish.

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