Candle Lighting time 4:39 p.m.
On most mornings this winter I wake up at 5:20 a.m. first to go to morning services and then I’m on my way to the gym to train for my May Ramah Bike Ride in Israel before I go work. I am usually in the gym as the sun rises. There was a magnificent sunrise one morning, but I was too busy to enjoy it. I turned away and became preoccupied with my exercises. I thought about that sunrise a few moments ago, and I realize I lost an opportunity to say a special bracha, blessing, upon seeing beautiful scenes in nature. “Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe who has (created) such things in His World.”
In the midst of the busyness and stresses of our days, there are patches of beauty all around us, glimpses of God’s goodness that we catch here and there along the way. These are the places in the walls of the universe where heaven is breaking through—if only we will take the time to stop and to reflect upon God’s love for us.
What if Moses had taken only a fleeting glance at the bush that was burning but “was not consumed?" (Ex. 3:2). What if he had ignored it and hurried on to other things? (He had those sheep to take care of, you know, and important work to do.) He would have missed an epic, life-changing encounter with God (vv.4-12).
Sometimes in life we must hurry. But overall, life should be less hurrying and more noticing. Life is the present. Life is being aware; it is seeing God’s love breaking through. It is turning aside to the miracle of something like a sunrise and appreciating it with a blessing.
I’m riding my bike to raise money for special need campers at Camp Ramah. I have pledge to raise a minimum of $3600.00. I donated the first $100.00 donation. All I need is 10 more people to donate $100.00 apiece and I will have easily raised my goal. Of course, I will gladly and thankfully accept any size donation you can afford.
Donating through this website: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=3279596&langPref=en-CA Is fast, easy, and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. If you wish, you may also send me a check made out to the National Ramah Commission, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027 with a notation of your support of my fund raising efforts and send it to them.
If you have already made a donation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Save the Date!
Sunday, January 22 Waltz with Bashir is our next feature film in our Israeli film fesitval. Waltz with Bashir is a 2008 Israeli animated war documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.
It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.