Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
Welcome to February 2018! Is it just me, or was January simply a blur?
The weather is fabulous, we are in car show and golf tournament mode, apple cider is already no longer available until next winter and that all can only mean… it’s time for Limmud AZ! This event is a gathering of hundreds of Jews of all ages from all walks-of-life — a pluralistic event for our community by our community. It is full of workshops, music, performances, text-study sessions and much more — all planned by your Limmud AZ community of volunteers. Be a part of this fantastic event on Sun., Feb. 11, 9am to 4pm in ASU’s Memorial Union. As a reader of my Shabbat message, you can get $5 off through Feb. 8 when you register using code NG18. Registration is full-cost at the door. For more information and to register, please visit limmudaz.org.
This week’s Torah Portion is Yitro in the book of Exodus. In it, we find that the Israelites have received the ten commandments from G-d. These revelations are so overwhelming that the people ask Moses to receive the information in the form of the Torah and that it be taught to them. In this sense, Limmud (to learn) is a wonderful continuation of that which began at the Israelite camp at the base of Mount Sinai those thousands of years ago — together, we continue to grow as a people, to learn and to interpret the teachings of the Torah for the modern times in which we live. It is why our people have become known as “the people of the book.”
May we continue to learn together and to spread knowledge and love for ourselves, our children, our families and our friends… FOREVER.