Shalom from the hills and valleys of Los Angeles.
The Jewish Renewal conference in Boulder was fascinating and invigorating. It was fascinating to see a Jewish movement gather with such clarity and intensity. Regardless of personal politics, it was refreshing to see a group of like-minded, passionate seekers learn together and strategize. In the case of Jewish Renewal, the agenda is unabashedly progressive. There is broad community consensus on community goals and principles. This consensus and clarity fosters deep commitment and intense focus. There is a palpable sense of pride and purpose.
I’m on my way from Denver to Boulder. I spent this past Shabbat at HEA, the Hebrew Educational Alliance, the largest Conservative shul in Denver.
I’m on my way to Colorado. The New York trip was perfect. I experienced great davenning and inspired group singing. I observed great leadership and I’ve integrated some new ideas, melodies and niggunim. Now it’s time for Colorado.
The leadership of Brith Shalom and I are thinking about you and praying for your safety. As you know, you are part of a genuine, caring community and we want to help in any way we can.
Johnston Middle School, located at 10410 Manhattan Dr., Houston, TX, 77096, will serve as a shelter for Meyerland residents.
The mitzvah of Mishloach Manot is fulfilled by sending gift baskets to friends. It is a mitzvah opportunity that is prescribed in the text of the Scroll of Esther. After Esther and Mordechai save the Jews from annihilation, the text commands the Jews to observe Purim as a day of “feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another [mishloach manot] and presents to the poor [matanot la’evyonim].” (Esther 9:22).