KabalTOT Shabbat services are at 5:30
tonight and our Musical Friday night services are at 6:15 pm.
Following services there is a dinner and program for those who rsvp’d to mark Kristallnacht
. Tomorrow morning services are at 9:15
and we we look forward to congratulating the Men’s Club on a successful first Men’s Club Shabbat! Candle Lighting is at 4:23 pm.
Reflections on fasting for the torah
It was fulfilling a tradition and standing with one’s Jewish community in the communal obligation to honor the torah and its sacredness-There is strength in numbers and although I was not even in the sanctuary when the Torah fell, and we didn’t even know who or what caused it to fall, no one person should have had to take on the responsibility or obligation of fasting or donating.
In my case I was there when the Torah fell. I saw it fall and I was powerless to do anything to stop it from falling. By taking on the fast I felt that I could at least do my part to make amends. Fasting as part of the community also gives me a sense of being part of a close family who looks out for each other.
It was very spiritual for me to follow a tradition that is thousands of years old. We were literally called to the Torah to honor it, our religion, and the Sutton Place community. What a pure and beautiful honor.
When a Torah falls, it is like we all fall and by doing my small part to repair this feeling I felt that the community came together. I believe we all felt a sense of unity that was created by this scary event and allows the community to move forward and put this event behind us.
There is a silver lining in every cloud.
Everyone gasped! Yes, we’d share responsibility for the mishap. But from my vantage point, I could see just where the Torah tumbled and I got the chills. I was a witness and felt I had to start the fast asap. That’s why I asked if I could start as you descended from the bimah. Honestly, Sunday did not go as I had expected… I spent the day reminiscing! I thought about how it felt to be lifted up to kiss the sacred scrolls as a child… I remembered how proud my family was when my father read from the Torah with his Eastern European intonations that (we believed) gave the text greater authenticity… By the end of the day I realized that the Torah had been central to holiday festivities, was prevalent for so many of life’s milestones and has certainly been essential to the many morning minyanim I’ve enjoyed… I figured out that fasting and giving tzedakah were small expressions of respect and gratitude after considering the pleasure I derive every time I follow the meticulous, hand-penned calligraphy on beautiful parchment that defines Judaism.
Odd as it may sound – committing one day to reflecting on how the Torah affects my life – was a good thing!
The prior responses could not have described the tradition any better.; i.e., the reverence for the Torah and the solidarity among the congregation. The one thing I might add is that the fast made me reflect on not just the symbolism and memories that the Torah brings, but also on its content; that is, the wealth of history, religious custom and practice, and moral and ethical values that it encapsulates. Then I thought about the time and effort it takes for a sofer to prepare the parchment and scribe a Torah – not just 40 days, but possibly years. It is all these considerations that make the Torah so precious, and why it deserves all the respect and honor we can give it.
The torah-to me represents Judaism and what as a people we are all about ,what brings us together spiritually. Hearing that the Torah fell ,saddened and upset me, because it is our sacred Jewish heritage . For me it’s as close to being with Hasham as I can get. I am so heartened by our community uniting and coming together to honor and respect the Torah , by fasting and or giving tzedakah. Once again we become stronger and have bonded as a community.
Watching the spreadsheet for days to fast fill up was moving. Seeing the community come together to honor the Torah is inspiring, but it also got me thinking. What else can we come together for? We are clearly more powerful together than as individuals. I hope this reminder of that important fact gives us the strength to stand together the next time the community or world needs us.
I heard the sound of the. Torah as it hit the floor and it certainly was a frightening moment. The immediate thought was. “What can we do to help”. It was a bit of a relief when told we could fast a day (not 40 days) as our part in redeeming our share in this calamity. My thoughts were that this was the second event that our synagogue did not need. (The first being on our doors). And my hope was that my small expression of respect might help overcome any further bad news for our. Shul. I wish I could do more.
Today I was reflecting on my grandparents’ plastic covering on their couch, my best friend from law school’s fancy blue crystal orrefors stems and my father’s voice telling me that I should use two hands each time I packed/unpacked the fragile antiques when I moved apartments. We individually go to great lengths to protect those tangible items that we value and tell a piece of our story. We unite as a community, without hesitation, to protect what we hold the most sacred as it tells our story.