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Yom Shishi, 2 Iyyar 5777
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Spring and baseball are now here. These two things happen together annually just like Passover and family – another two things that happen together. 

In our Jewish community we can and should go through things together – the good, the bad, the happy, the sad and even the scary. But how can we do that if we know each other only by a nod and a “Shabbat Shalom”? When we know each other, we can open up a little more. 

Every week at Shabbat services, after we sing L’cha Dodi, the Rabbi asks us to take a minute to say Shabbat Shalom to each other. That’s a chance to take a few seconds and share a little – like your name. After that, the oneg Shabbat is a better chance to ask, “How are you today?” or “How was your week?” This simple yet selfless gesture could lead to a better understanding of who the two of you are. 

Better yet, you could even unearth something that you both have in common which becomes a bond for a friendship. And that would draw you closer together — maybe in the Temple, maybe in the community, who knows? You could do the same at a Men’s Club brunch or a Lifelong Learning Class or during religious school. There are numerous opportunities. 

And as you go through daily or life events, who better to share/cope with but your Temple friends? The longest journey starts with a single step. Take that first step. We’re all here because we’re all Jews. Now more than ever is an important time for congregational unity, so I urge you to reach out, meet, learn, care and strengthen our Adath Kehillah Kedoshah from within. 

Shalom and Happy Passover! 



Brian Sattinger