Marty’s Shabbat Message – September 20, 2017

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

This week’s Torah portion is Ha’azinu (Listen In). The Parsha concludes with Moses ascending the summit of Mount Nebo, from where Moses could only look into the Promised Land that he could not enter.

On all of my many trips to Israel, only once was I in Jordan, where Mount Nebo is located today. On the itinerary, was an opportunity to ascend to the summit as Moses did so many thousands of years ago. As the day and itinerary ran away from us, we ran out of time and I did not get to go. While my disappointment cannot in any way be compared to the disappointment Moses must have felt, I did get a small taste of missing “the big moment.”

As 5777 ends, there are likely many things left unfinished for each of us – where we are outside looking in. It is my wish for myself, for my family and for you, my extended family and friends, that in 5778 we all break through to see and to experience the things we have always dreamt of.

May each of you have a Shana Tova U’mituka, a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
Executive Director

Rosh Hashanah 2017