Friday, August 28, 2020 /8 Elul, 5780
Parashat Ki Teitzei Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
Last Friday, we began our Elul reflections. Each morning, we have been blessed with inspiring words, stories and artwork from some of our temple members. These reflections are part of a program that includes prayer, study of Psalm 27, and the shofar’s piercing call. I am pleased to share links, and information about each of the reflections this week.
Saturday’s Elul reflection was from Michael Sherman, a talented artist who shares with us his sculptures of the human face. He discusses how art has been a meaningful outlet for him during the pandemic.
On Sunday, we heard from Nina Prays, who reflects on a person who inspires her: Her mother. Nina tells a gripping story about her mother’s luck at a time of war, and her spirit of gratitude.
On Monday, Chaplain Bonnie Leopold told a personal story about a moment of clarity, and great personal transformation. As challenging and unnerving as that experience was at the time, it led her to wonderful new opportunities for personal growth.
On Tuesday, Sandye Linnetz discussed her art in an enthusiastic and uplifting reflection. During the pandemic she created motivational books about how to be happy and grateful during this difficult time. Sandye generously offered to sell these books for $12 and to donate the proceeds to the temple’s Torah school. You may order a book by contacting Sandye.
On Wednesday, Lisa Takami spoke about a moment of disappointment in her life, which thanks to perseverance and determination, led to a wonderful opportunity. She teaches us of the importance of believing in ourselves, and moving forward even (especially) when things don’t go our way.
On Thursday, we were wowed by Sandy Sherman’s creative spirit, as she discussed her process for writing music and lyrics. She talked about the motivation behind her art, and how it has centered her during the pandemic. She even shares a piece of music she worked on, from the upcoming musical, American Twistory.
On Friday, Pam Tarlow spoke about the ways in which she is preparing for the High Holy Days. In so doing, she inspires us to create a meaningful practice for ourselves, to ensure that these most unusual High Holy Days are meaningful and transformative.
I hope you enjoy all of these wonderful reflections, which you can access anytime and from anywhere.
Rabbi Cassi Kail