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Marty’s Shabbat Message – September 3, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

It’s the first week of September and the Shabbat entering Labor Day weekend. And I can feel things shifting to a higher gear as we begin to see summer heading into the rear view mirror and fall entering the scene. I even saw the first Halloween displays at Costco the last time I was there.

After essentially being relegated between home and work over the past six months with the occasional trek to Trader Joe’s, Costco, Fry’s, Walgreens and Home Depot, I am delighted to be writing this week’s message from a lovely, quaint home we are renting for a few days in Prescott, AZ. The “we” includes my wife Lori, my son Noah and our two dogs Marley and Nash. We all really needed the change of scenery.

And what a lovely surprise it was, when some friends from the Valley, who summer here in Prescott, called after seeing a hiking post on Facebook, indicating we were in the area. They insisted we come over for socially distanced drinks and snacks, and of course we ended up staying with them for hours. It was so lovely. And it began by knocking on their gorgeous door (which we have noticed before on earlier visits) while also feeling extra welcomed by the beautiful mezuzah on that special door.

We are just a couple of weeks from the High Holidays and many of us are focusing on how to bring more Judaism back into our homes. One of the ways to identify our homes as Jewish is to put a mezuzah on the front door. Project Inspire Arizona is partnering with the Federation to offer all of us in Arizona a free front door mezuzah that has an $80 value. If you don’t have a kosher front door mezuzah and want one, click here use code INSPIREAZ. There is no cost to you and includes in person or virtual video install on your front door.

This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo (When You Come In) in Deuteronomy, the final in the five Books of Moses. When you come into a Jewish home, often the traditional mezuzah is on the upper part of the right door post and can serve as a compass of what one might hope to find from those living in that home. We certainly found what we so needed and were expecting in our friends’ lovely home. And, in a few days, we will take notice of the mezuzah on our own front door as we return home to reality and the daily challenges each of us face every day.  May you too, find comfort in our long and deep Jewish traditions.

Shabbat Shalom and have a happy and healthy holiday weekend.

Light candles on Friday at 6:31pm. Shabbat ends on Saturday at 7:25pm.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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