June 2016

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover - School FINALLY ended here in Fairfax County early Thursday afternoon. But in Loudoun County - as the Gorbachs know - it ended way back on June 14th. Why am I telling you this? Because it means that though it was my sons’ last day of school on Thursday, over in Loudoun County some children had already been in camp for a week. Among these kids were a group attending “A Place to Be” Summer Camp. In case you’ve never heard of A Place to Be, which I hadn’t until my future son-in-law was blessed with the opportunity to do a brief stint volunteering there, it is a an organization that serves young people with a variety of special needs - autism, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Asperger's, chronic disease, cancer, and more - and they do it through therapeutic arts such as music therapy, art, writing, etc.
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Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
It’s Not the Same Thing - Shabbat Shalom. Since last we gathered for Shabbat, Christina Grimmie, a singer from the Voice was murdered in Orlando by a crazed fan. Late that night, really early Sunday morning in Orlando, forty-nine innocents were slaughtered by an American who had become radicalized and pledged his loyalty to the Islamic State. And then on Tuesday night at a Disney Resort - also basically in Orlando - a two year old child was snatched away from his parents and killed by an alligator.
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Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
It Takes a Village - Shabbat Shalom. Thirteen days. In thirteen days summer vacation will begin for the nearly 200 thousand students in Fairfax County. Like many of you I am counting down the days. Vacation is upon us! Hallelujah. Everyone loves vacation. Not everyone loves work. And yet our tradition holds work in high esteem. The fourth commandment is Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; you shall not do any work
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Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
Healing of Body and Healing of Soul - Shabbat Shalom. This morning, when there were only a few people in the sanctuary, we recited the following prayer entitled Asher Yatzar. It reads: "Praised are You Adonai our God, who rules the universe, fashioning the human body in wisdom, creating openings, arteries, glands, and organs, marvelous in structure, intricate in design. Should but one of them fail to function by being blocked or opened, it would be impossible to exist. Praised are You Adonai, healer of all flesh, sustaining our bodies in wondrous ways."
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