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November 2017

techerryhill @techerryhill www.templeemanuel.org From the Rabbi’s Study by Jerome P. David, D. D. November 2017 Heshvan/Kislev 5778 A true story. A touching story about a bus that was bumping along a back road in the South. In one seat, a wispy old man sat holding a bunch of fresh flowers. Across the aisle was a young girl whose eyes came back again and again to the man’s flowers. The time came for the old man to get off. Impulsively he thrust the flowers into the girl’s lap. “I can see you love the flowers,” he explained, “and I think my wife would like for you to have them. I’ll tell her I gave them to you.” The girl accepted the flowers, then watched the old man get off the bus and walk through the gate of a small cemetery. When I shared this story with our 10th grade students and asked them what the story meant to them; they offered the following insights. One student felt it speaks to random acts of kindness that she and her family also try to carry out. Another felt that the essay is an affirmation of life, that it emphasizes the living, the now and how we best remember the deceased by serving and loving the living. Still another 10th grader felt that Judaism is all about our acts and deeds and the opportunity to perform Mitzvot surrounding us daily. Overall, these are inspiring messages as we begin the New Year 5778. Wishing you and your family health, fulfillment, success and joy in the coming year. In this edition: Letter from the President............................................2 Shabbat..........................................................................3 Our B’nai Mitzvah....................................................4-5 Volunteer of the Month...............................................6 Just For You Hanukkah...............................................7 Sisterhood..................................................................8-9 Mindful Matters.........................................................10 Henry Raich Social Club...........................................10 Inclusion Initiative.....................................................11 Pre-School....................................................................12 Religious School.........................................................13 Youth Engagement....................................................13 Social Action...............................................................14 Emunah........................................................................15 Nov & Dec Calendars...........................................16-17 Kvell Korner................................................................17 Join Rabbi David for March of the Living..............18