We are well into the fall with the leaves providing us with spectacular colors. Although November does not have any Jewish Holidays, we can say we are resting up for what is to come. With the High Holidays, Sukkot and Simchat Torah behind us, we Jews can refocus all of that energy and begin the arduous task of getting ready for winter. This is one of my least favorite things to do. It reminds me the snow will be on its way. It’s not all bleak. Hanukkah is coming and the Russian Community’s latkes and Sharon Levick’s famous brisket will provide some much needed comfort food. Expressing thanks for our food and our existence is part of the Jewish way of life. As Jews, we say several short “thank you’s” every day. We wake up in the morning and say a prayer called Modeh Ani, thanking God for returning our souls to our bodies. Before eating, we give thanks for the bread we have been given. When we finish eating, we say a thank you blessing for the meal. All of that food is processed into a restroom bodily function. There is even a prayer of thanks for being able to do that.
Sam Warshaw will be called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah on December 2, 2017. Did you know that Sam is one of the originators of the “Warshaw Woo”, which is now a staple of our Friday night Shabbat services. We love the “Vishamru” with the Woo. Sam has put much effort and energy into this special moment. Knowing Sam, he will do an awesome job leading us in services. Read more about this fine young man in the