February 2014, From the Rabbi

By Rabbi Erica Burech

It seems that people are searching for something . . . perhaps truth or meaning . . . or maybe just to feel happy. Many people seem lost and uninspired.

What are the ingredients for a life with meaning? I know that it varies for each person but there are some factors that pretty much remain the same.

Of course we need the minimum: food, shelter and safety. We also need companionship, purpose and inspiration. Of course you know where I am going with this message. As a rabbi, I am supposed to strongly encourage a deeper (connection) kesher with our Jewish heritage. All of the ingredients are here for us to live a more balanced, happier and healthier life.

Here is a prescription for all of us to balance our lives: one Shabbat meal a month and interaction with a Jewish (community) k’hila that makes you feel loved, inspired and safe. Congregation Merkaz Ha-Iyr! Like any new medication, this prescription takes some time for you to feel the results. It has to get into your bloodstream.

You may go to Shabbat (services) t’fillot at a Synagogue and not find the meaning and feel connected at first, but try again and again. I know that I am exhausted after a long week, but do I feel that much better doing basically nothing? No, I feel restless and uninspired. My favorite memories are created when I pick myself up and go do something with people. Most experiences are great when you push yourself to participate.

I would love to see you for Shabbat services Saturday, February 22, at 9 a.m. I promise that I will work hard to inspire you.

As you know, I am not a doctor. I am a Rabbi. My job is to enhance your life with a sense of purpose, meaning and inspiration. I do not have pills to give you but I do have a rich tradition that has sustained our people for thousands of years. Sounds pretty powerful to me. Observe at least two Shabbats a month and call me in the morning.

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