9/27/2018

Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukot and Simhat Torah

Candles - Friday, September 28th @ 6:22pm
Havdalah - September 29th @ 7:16pm

Shmini Atzeret
Candles - Sunday, October 30th @ 6:18pm

Monday, October 1st
Morning Service @ 9:30am
Evening Hakafot with Park East

Simhat Torah
Tuesday, October 2nd
Morning Service @ 9:30am

The Hatanim are:
Leon Pesach
Jonathan Aghravi
Ryan Elazari

Communal Luncheon Tuesday @ 12pm
(For reservations call Tony Zand.)


On the Shabbat of Sucot we read the Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), attributed to Solomon. It seems on the surface to be very cynical. Nothing seems to be worth anything, neither money, nor pleasure, not even wisdom. Yet he says there is a time for everything. For war and peace, to love, to hate, to build, to destroy. What does he mean?

His message is that there is no single secret to happiness or success. Each person has to find his or her own route. Everything has its place. But if one thinks anything in itself is the answer, one will only be disappointed. The challenge in life is to learn to cope. To fulfill one’s potential and to find a balance. To enjoy what one can of life when one has the opportunity (so long as it is legal), but to realize that without a spiritual perspective one will always be missing something.

It’s worth reading in translation, if not in Hebrew. It’s short, full of wisdom and quotations you may be familiar with, like: “There’s nothing new under the sun.” And that was written over 2,000 years ago!


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