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Savour the Possibilities

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Aw…what a long week. And the weekend is really busy too. So I am really, REALLY looking forward to Shabbat.

I love Shabbat. I have always loved Shabbat. The rest. The focus on family and friends. The food. The relaxed pacing.

As a congregational rabbi, I must admit that my Shabbatot (plural for Shabbat) do not always include rest, relaxed pacing, or a focus on my family and friends. I sometimes yearn for a Shabbat that would remove me from my regular Shabbat schedule and plop me down into a Shabbat experience full of possibilities.

So you can imagine how exciting I was to learn about the Jewish Discovery Shabbat (a program of the Reform Movement) and sponsored by URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. ANd how disaapointed I am that it is being held in Wisconsin, which will preclude my attendance 😦

Jewish Discovery Shabbat

This weekend is for you if you:

(a) are interested in exploring Shabbat;
(b) are new to Judaism;
(c) been Jewish all your life;
(d) just curious about how Shabbat can be contextualized in today’s modern world.

In other words, this weekend is for everyone!!!

Rabbi Leora Kaye, who is not only smart but really, really cool (and nice too!), was quick to point out that this weekend is “not about what Shabbat should be. It’s about what Shabbat could be.”

There is a tremendous difference between ‘should’ and ‘could’ when you think about it. I reckon many people would dismiss this opportunity out-of-hand, fearing the goal is to make them “religious.” [Which is not necessarily a bad thing…] It would be more accurate to view this retreat as an safe environment in which to consider the myriad of ways Shabbat might be observed. Making it meaningful. Deliberate. Relevant.

If you have questions about the retreat, you can contact OSRUI (the fun acronym for Olin-Sang-Rui Union Camp!) or psot it here and I will forward it to the appropriate person.

You are not going to want to miss this!!!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Thursday, 10 April 2008 8:14 pm

    maybe someday you’ll come out here and visit osrui! (i think that we can trade this event for the 60for60 los angeles party…although i’m in on it for the blogging:-)

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