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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Choosing to BE!


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From Rabbi David

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I was asked the other day what the connection is between the holiday of Shavuot (coming up next week) and the Book of Ruth, which we read on Shavuot. The Book of Ruth centers on Ruth, a Moabite widow who, despite personal loss, chooses to stay with her Israelite mother-in-law, Naomi, and accompany her back to Bethlehem. More than that - she also adopts Naomi's faith and people - the Jewish people. Ruth, in many ways, is the first Jew by choice.

Shavuot is a celebration of God's revelation to the Israelite nation at Mount Sinai. Despite our complaints in the wilderness and the difficulty we had, and continue to have, leaving the memory of slavery behind, when we stood at the base of Mount Sinai we too had a choice to make: To remain stuck in our painful past and leave God and the Torah in the wilderness or follow God's teachings and become the Jewish people. Like Ruth, we chose to follow "the road less traveled" and it has led us here today.

Your children have faced many choices this year - many moments when they could choose between continuing to grow and learn or stay stuck. I'm here to tell you that every single child made the brave choice to grow and learn! I am so proud of each and every one of our students from TGS through Kindergarten. Each of them deserves to feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment for having accepted the challenges presented to them this year.

As your partners in teaching and inspiring your children on their journeys we are grateful to you, the parents, for giving us this awesome privilege. We are honored to know you and your children and filled with gratitude for the ways in which they have inspired us throughout the year.

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