I’ve often asked myself, what will make me a better Jew? Will I be a better Jew if I go to temple every week? Will I be a better Jew if I belong to a temple and have a concrete structure to pray in? Is it even necessary to pray at all?
I don’t think those thing’s will make me a better Jew but what I’d like to achieve, what I pray for, is that I will become a better person.
Sometimes you just have to take it to the mountain. I had the good fortune while visiting in Tucson, AZ to be invited to Rosh Hashana services at Temple Chaverim. The evening service was at the Temple led by Rabbi Stephanie. I love anything that’s outside the “box.” I’m pleased to say that female Rabbi’s are becoming very well accepted, it’s still a step outside of the traditional “box.” So having services the next day outside at Mount Lemmon was perfect for me.
We read from the prayer book, chanted, sang songs and yes we even laughed. Some people sat in folding chairs, beach chairs, some sat on blankets, some were old, some were young and some even had four legs. We were a family with a common goal, to live a life filled with love, caring, sharing our joy of life and above all else we prayed, yes we prayed for peace throughout the world.
If everyone could just accept each other, maybe we could all experience the joy of life. With the world filled with conflict, maybe we need to see past the conventional walls and we should just take it to the mountain.
__/)__Sail On or for today Pray On