DAY 524: The Joy of Rubber Ducks…and Water!

December 6, 2013
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DAY 524: The Joy of Rubber Ducks…and Water!

Dear Hevreh,

I have yet to fully experience it as a father, but I’ve heard that there is nothing like the joy of a kid playing with his or her rubber duck in a bathtub. If you need any proof of this, just askErnie from Sesame Street. The smile that lights up on a child’s face as their little toy floats on this incredible source of life substance we call “water” is priceless. In fact, it is probably the echo of this joy that inspired the popularity of Rubber Duck Race fundraisers like ours on Sunday beginning around 3 pm at the YMCA of Raritan Bay (357 New Brunswick Avenue). Rubber Ducks and water just go really well together.

We’ll celebrate the joy of rubber ducks on Sunday, but what about the joy of water? Water is just important as rubber ducks to the joy that Ernie and all kids feel in the bathtub! Water also happens to be a source of deep joy embedded in all religions and in particular, Judaism. As the prophet Isaiah (12:3) teaches us, “ushavtem mayim b’sason, mima’yanei hay’shua — Joyfully shall you draw water from the fountains of triumph.” On a weekend in which the world honors the deep spiritual reservoirs of strength of Nelson Mandela, how appropriate that water — the spiritual and physical source of human strength — takes central stage in our community.

So join us tonight at 6:30 pm to enjoy the playfulness, the wonder, and the spiritual power of water.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Ari Saks

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