DAY 16: Reflection on a Special Night

July 16, 2012
By bethmordecai
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DAY 16: Reflection on a Special Night

Dear Hevreh,

Friday was a special night for me.  Not only did it mark the first program I organized as your rabbi (with immeasurable help from many members of our community), but it also marked the moment I realized just how lucky I am to be your rabbi.  There I was, standing in front of a hevreh of 40+ people, as Rabbi Zalma put her arms on my shoulders to bless me and bless our congregation with a bright future.  Thinking back on that moment, I can’t help but think…

How lucky am I to have a colleague and friend who would give me such a blessing as she says goodbye to a congregation she’s called home for the past six years.

How lucky am I to be embraced by that same congregation, a hevreh full of ideas, energy, and enthusiasm for their faith and their people.

How lucky am I to have experienced a moment in which our congregation’s past, present, and future came together at once so perfectly.

Yes, it was a special night for me.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.

With much gratitude,

Rabbi Ari Saks

P.S.  Please help us offset the cost of Shabbat by the Sea by making a donation to the synagogue.  All checks should be made out to “Congregation Beth Mordecai” with “Shabbat by the Sea” in the memo.

Photo taken by C. Jill Reed on Flickr —

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