Spring is here! As I write this message, we have just celebrated Chag Ha’aviv, the Festival of Spring. This is one of the names for Passover, which I described at our well-attended, and wonderful community seder. From Passover to Shavuot, we count 49 days, and then, after celebrating our liberation from slavery, we celebrate z’man matan Torateinu, the season of the giving of the Torah. This occurs on the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, which is May 31. Remember, we count the days, AND we should make every day count!
It is also appropriate during this season of recognizing the Torah that we welcome our new Religious School students to the study of Torah with a Consecration service. We do this every few years to mark the beginning of their Jewish studies and their commitment to learning Jewishly, here at Beth Samuel Jewish Center. We will offer special blessings to these young people and invite them to participate in the service and to receive recognition of their dedication. It is a joyful time for their families and for our congregation.
Our children are gifts and blessings to us all. They are the continuation of the chain of our ancestors from the earliest of times to the present. Consecration is the first of several events in the life of a Jewish child, followed by bar/bat mitzvah, and then Confirmation in High School. We hand down our teachings l’dor vador, from generation to generation, as we have done for so many generations.
I invite everyone to attend this year’s Consecration service on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 7:30PM. It promises to be a beautiful event. We will offer songs and prayers and a certificate to each of our students. May we all witness this special moment in their lives.
L’hitra’ot, until next time!