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Rabbi Nover’s Shalom Article – October, 2021

October 1, 2021 @11:45pm

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Rabbi Nover Beth El Shalom Newsletter

It’s a strange feeling to be writing an article for the October Shalom, and have all the holidays already behind us. But we’ve entered into Marcheshvan, a month where we can breathe again after a series of non-stop holidays. We can get back to knowing the day of the week, and getting into a routine. Perhaps that’s the whole point, to give us that space to slow back down after a month of celebrations, beginnings, rushing around to get everything ready. Now we get back to normal life and its simple pleasures. You might think that not worth celebrating, but when we announced the new month the first Saturday in October with the traditional Birkat HaChodesh (Blessing of the New Month), we prayed that God renew this month for us for goodness and blessing. It’s easy to take the progression of the year, especially a boring month, for granted. Our liturgy encourages us, though, to see the opportunity in every moment. What opportunity will you find this month?
Religious School has started up again, and we look forward to resuming Wednesdays in person for 3rd-7th grades. We’ve run youth services, Quiz and Candy, Torah for Tots, and more. It’s been great to see all of our students back in the classroom, and to give them a chance to interact with each other once again.
I’m also excited to resume Coffee and Chat once a month. We’ll start off on Zoom, but hopefully we can start meeting again at coffee shops around the area.
I’m also excited to start teaching my two new classes: Jewish Life Skills and Jews in Space. Jewish Life Skills is all about the practical: how do you do a Shiva visit, how do you read Torah, how do you have an Aliyah. Not everyone has learned these skills, and I wanted to make sure everyone feels comfortable participating in all aspects of Jewish life. The second class is less practical. We started off on Shavuot learning about Jews and space travel. Now, we’ll begin to cover other topics, some current day and some futuristic, such as whether non-humans can be Jewish, time travel, and more. Both these classes will start on Zoom
Speaking of opportunities, don’t forget to take part in the ones below!
Bonus Challenge:
What is the Hebrew word for Autumn? (100 points, 200 if written correctly in Hebrew).

Important Dates
10/9 – BM Laney Kenwood
10/9 – JC
10/16 – BM Aidan Burge
10/16 – JC
10/21- JC Online
10/21 – BJC Online
10/23 – BM Julia Myers
10/23 – No JC
10/30 – JC

-Chodesh Tov

—Rabbi Matt Nover, Assistant Rabbi and Education Director