This being the final month of Congregation Beth Ahm, I want to leave our readers,
congregants and non-congregants alike with a message from the Hassidic
words which my teachers taught me and I teach others to live by as well:
Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the
Vitebsker said: “Rejoice that you have an opportunity to sing to God; rejoice that you
are a Jew; rejoice that you are able to pray, to study and to perform God’s
will; remember that the highest saint and the lowliest commoner are equal in
the eyes of God; be contented with your achievements in affairs of the spirit,
as well as your worldly status; do not doubt yourself and enjoy the Light of
Let us also remember that
there is no Hebrew word for good-bye; we greet with “Shalom” and we leave with “Shalom,
l’hitraot,” peace and until we meet again.
At our final
worship service on Shabbat morning June 23, I invite all my students over
the past 19 years to join me for any or all of the prayers as we say L'hitraot.
Notice, I never say "former students" because my students are always
my students as well as my teachers; and as Jews, we don't say good-bye,"
we say: "L'hitraot –until we meet again!"
l’hitraot, as Jody joins me with much gratitude and appreciation.
- Rabbi Alan