Words of Sara Teasdale: a poem called “May Day.”
This year's adult B'nei Mitzvah class concluded their year of learning and preparation by leading the congregation in worship and study. We honor this year's adult B'nei Mitzvah for their commitment to Torah, service and community (see below for some of their talks):
The Book of Numbers, which we begin to read this Shabbat, traces the journey of the Israelites from Mt. Sinai to Mt. Nebo — from God’s mountain where the laws of our people were received to the cusp of the Promised Land. The first section of the book opens with a census of the eligible military-aged men in each of the Tribes of the Israelites — 46,500 from the tribe of Reuben, 59,300 from the tribe of Simeon, 45,650 from the tribe of Gad, 74,600 from the tribe of Judah and so on.
Michael Bernstein was on his way home. He had left Vienna, where he had spent time meeting with government officials arranging for the deportation of a man who had been an SS soldier during World War II. That was Michael’s career. He hunted Nazis as an assistant deputy director in the Office of Special Investigations for the United States Justice Department.
“Ha lachma anya. This is the bread of affliction... Let all who are hungry, come and eat; all who are needy, come and share Pesach with us.” Jews around the world said these words at their Seders this week, opening their doors to symbolically share their meal with the poor and needy. Giving tzedakah is a built-in component of many Jewish holidays, from Purim to the High Holidays.