Tidbits of Torah

Shabbat Parashat Emor

One Day at a Time…

May 5, 2018 – 20 Iyyar 5778

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join us this Friday night as we celebrate Confirmation! Our three confirmands are Reilly David, Dahvi Hochman and Jordan Phillips. Mazal Tov to our confirmands and to their families!

Our Torah portion, Emor, reminds us that we are now in “counting mode.” We are counting the Omer each day since the second night of Passover. We are more than half way through the 50 days that connect Passover and the story of our Exodus from Egypt to Shavuot and the story of our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.

As we count, we notice that each day has significance. Each day has a unique number. Each day represents a step along the path of our lives and along the path of our people’s life. Through the counting of the Omer, our journeys are linked with the journeys of our ancestors.

Counting each day takes patience. And, as we mark Confirmation, this Friday evening, we realize that our confirmands have stayed the course after their bar and bat mitzvahs. They have continued to take steps forward on a path of developing their Jewish identities. Their journeys have required not only patience, but also perseverance! And, we are proud to be able to celebrate with them!

As we celebrate this Shabbat, and Confirmation, may we appreciate each and every day of our lives to the fullest!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Gilah Dror