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Marty’s Shabbat Message – September 28, 2017

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I am writing this to you as we are coming to the end of the 10 Days of Awe, when we will reflect, atone and begin anew. Many of us began 5778 by dipping our challah, apples and pomegranates in honey to ensure a sweet year ahead. This custom goes back to the Middle Ages, when the Hebrew alphabet was written in honey on a child’s slate, symbolizing the beginning of the child’s Jewish education with the hope that learning would be as sweet as honey.

Building on this vital Jewish theme of literacy, we in the Valley, are so fortunate to have the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Community Library as part of our Ina Levine Jewish Community campus. This library is an optimal place to learn about Judaism, Jewish living, culture, history and Israel. The library has diverse collections for all ages, representing many dimensions of Jewish life and diverse interests. The library’s catalogue is available at

The Talmud says True wealth is books, and it is charity to loan them out. May we all spend more time this New Year reading and learning.

G’mar Chatimah Tovah—may you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year!

Shabbat Shalom.

Marty Haberer
Executive Director

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