In ancient Israel, every person was expected to give a HALF-SHEKEL of silver to be included in the census count. The half-shekel went toward maintaining the Temple. But most significant about this “tax” is that it was a half and not a whole shekel. And why? To convey the truth that every person was valued and needed, and that we become “whole” only with other people.
As we prepare for our Gala next Saturday night, April 9th, the half-shekel speaks to me about my hope that you will join with us in this celebration of our congregation. Each of us is a part of the whole, and each of us contributes to the character and visions that make us what we are.
The evening will include the uplifting music of two of the most renowned Jewish musicians, great food, some wonderful auction prizes, and most of all, an opportunity for us to meet other members of our congregation and to become more connected to each other.
Please know that your “half-shekel” of participation will be valued very much, as one of our primary goals is to include and embrace all members of Shaaray Tefila. Yes, we have had a rich forty years as a congregation. But the present and future are with each and every one of us. If you have not already, please contact our Temple office to let us know that you will be with us. I promise that you will enjoy the evening and enrich our experience by being part of this wonderful evening.
I wish you and your loved ones a Sabbath of peace and love.