Our next community Kabbalat Shabbat service is June 14 at 6 p.m.

If you are seeking a restorative, meditative, music-filled service, then this service, led by Rabbi David Fainsilber, is for you. Special heartfelt thanks to Carole and Steve Lichtenstein for sponsoring this week’s oneg in honor of their granddaughter Tara’s upcoming marriage to Sebastian Protinger.

Save the date, June 28, for our “Kick Off the Summer” Musical Shabbat service. A kosher-catered meal organized by our Shalom Committee will follow the service. Please click jcogs.org for pricing information and to RSVP.

Our Torah portion for this coming Shabbat is Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89). It is with this portion that we mark the conclusion of the census in our reading. Amid the procedures and laws is the priestly benediction (Birkat Kohanim). It is the blessing first bestowed in the Torah recited by Aaron. Parents recite it when blessing their children on Shabbat.

The principle of “everything happens for a reason” appears in our portion. We are reminded that God is constantly sending us tailor-made messaging for our specific circumstances. So, if we see something shocking or disturbing or, conversely, beautiful or inspiring, we might consider asking ourselves: “What is my personal meaningful takeaway”?

Oftentimes the connection is not so obvious. We must work hard to figure it out. But whatever the outcome, the process of introspection is bound to reveal valuable insights, if we are open to searching for them.

— Patti C. Rubin

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