On Rosh Hashanah we sang of the Book of Life open before us. Jewish tradition says that there are in fact three books. The book for the completely righteous who are sealed for life immediately (maybe you know someone like this!). The book for the completely evil (I don't personally believe in this category), who are sealed for death immediately.
And then there is the book of the in-betweeners (benonim) - which I think is most, if not all of us. Our lives are suspended during these 10 days of Trasnformation. For us in-betweeners, this is a time of heightened awareness and reflection. It is also a time of mundane busyness, with the academic year in full swing and the rush of routine deadlines.
I invite you to join me for a special Shabbat Shuva edition of Shabbat for Everyone this Saturday, Oct 8th at Calvary @ 10 am. This will be a special time to gather back at the well of Jewish time and prepare for Yom Kippur.
Continuing with the theme of vulnerability, we will be hearing from Rabbinical Student Sarah Barasch-Hagans on the 2nd anniversary of her encounter with police violence in Ferguson, MO.
Please invite your friends to Yom Kippur and consider making a donation to support our growing community.
Shabbat Shalom and Gmar Hatimah Tova.
May we all have the courage to lean in to our lives!
Rabbi Ari Lev
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Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari brings Torat Hayyim, a living tradition, to Kol Tzedek Synagogue through thoughts about prayer, justice, and community.