A Shabbat of healing, melody, and memory

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

We’ve come down from the mountain: Shavuot is past, and now our task is to integrate whatever revelation we’ve received and to weave it into the fabric of our daily lives.

During tomorrow morning’s service, I’ll teach a simple new setting of the first line of the psalm for Shabbat, set to a melody by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, as arranged by Rabbi Shir Yaakov. You can hear the melody here:

As Reb Shlomo writes, “The whole wide world is waiting to sing a song of Shabbat” — join us in singing.

This Shabbat we’ll mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day at CBI with a moment of silence to remember the Jewish soldiers who gave their lives at Normandy.

In this week’s Torah portion we’ll read the story which gives rise to Moses’ fervent prayer of healing: “Please, God, please heal her!” May our prayers for healing reach those who mourn the losses sustained on D-Day, and all those in need of healing everywhere.

Shabbat shalom —

Rabbi Rachel


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