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From the Rabbi

May 2015
Iyar - Sivan 5775

Counting the Days

Ever since our kids were little we shared a nightly Omer counting ritual. This year feels powerfully different because Erev Shavuot happens to coincide with Zohar's graduation from Stratford. What used to be s counting toward the Holiday now has the added layers of going to college, figuring out the next chapter. Yes, I've watched other people's children go off to college, launch their careers, and become parents themselves.

But, as many of you already know, it's an entirely different thing when it's Your kid achieving this milestone. The corridor between Pesach and Shavuot takes us from newly acquired freedom to Revelation. The daily counting reinforces our sense of anticipation. It also reminds us that we can make each day count. This time around - I must say - it feels quite humbling.

May this season of counting open our hearts to Torah and to reaffirming our bonds as a people.

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