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Mazel Tov

This weekend we attended our first, and second, Bat Mitzvah celebrations (twins!).

My daughter has known the girls since 1st grade and we were excited to attend.  While confirming the driving directions, I read this,

. . . we are a Reform synagogue committed to helping Jews and their loved ones build a joyful, spiritual, caring, and egalitarian community.

And that’s exactly the experience we had.  What a joyful morning. Proud parents, prepared daughters. Cantors with resonate voices. I held hands with the tiniest elderly woman in a rainbow hued outfit. We sang, snapped and clapped. We listened, prayed, and danced (!). It was an honor to share this with the family and congregation  (I would like to note that the stand-up sit-down ratio does rival a Catholic service.)  

I snapped two photos from the siddur – prayer book (post service, of course) that I wanted to revisit.  So here goes.

Jewish prayer 1


And, reading the following prayer reminded me of many friends who have lost parents–this same Saturday, last week, this summer, this year, last year, three years ago .  .  .

Jewish prayer 2

May their memories be for blessing.


Shabbat shalom, שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Memories new & old. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hope 1

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.

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