DAY 538: Being Grateful to Help Honor an Honorable Name + Link to online parashah class

December 20, 2013
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DAY 538: Being Grateful to Help Honor an Honorable Name + Link to online parashah class

Dear Hevreh,

Yesterday, I had the honor of officiating at the funeral for Mike Seidel z”l, a past President of Beth Mordecai. It’s moments like these that remind me how grateful I am to be your rabbi — to learn about Mike’s humility, perseverance, and love of service (especially as President of Beth Mordecai), and to share some of those stories with his family in the hope that by couching them in Jewish language these stories and anecdotes from Mike’s life will help them cope with his passing. I am also grateful for our Jewish tradition that is full of timeless wisdom on how to treat a person on the last stage of life’s journey and how to ease family members into a grieving process.

As we come into this Shabbat of Names, and on behalf of the entire Beth Mordecai community, I wish much blessing and comfort to the family, friends, and fellow Beth Mordecai members of Mike Sedel, and the prayer that Mike’s name will always be for a blessing.

זכרונו לברכה, מענדל בן ברוך ליב

May the name of of Mendel son of Barukh Leib (Mike Seidel) be for a blessing

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Ari Saks

P.S. If you have any stories of Mike that you would like to share with the community, please email me.


Online Parashah Class

For all of those who are interested, here is the Youtube link to my online Parashah class for this week:

Parashat Sh’mot — The Meaning of the Name “Moses”

Moses is arguably the most famous man in the entire Bible and his name means so much to so many people. Yet where did his name come from? Is it Egyptian or is it Hebrew? Does it speak about his birth or the life he will live? We will discuss these issues along with a larger conversation about the meaning of names we give to one another in anticipation to tonight’s Friday Night Service — What’s In A Name to be held at Beth Mordecai at 8 pm (

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