May 17-18 | 10 IYAR 5784

This week, especially on Monday and Tuesday, the words of Kohelet spoke to me. We read in the book of Ecclesiastes:

“There is a season that is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven. A time for birthing and a time for dying, a time for fighting and a time for healing, a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for weeping and a time for laughing, a time for wailing and a time for dancing; a time for embracing and a time for shunning embraces; A time for seeking and a time for losing, a time for keeping and a time for discarding; A time for silence and a time for speaking; A time for loving and a time for hating; A time for war and a time for peace.”

Many asked the question this week: "How can Israel and the Jewish people celebrate Israel’s Independence when she is at war in an existential battle for her future? Are we in a time of joy or heartbreak? Laughing or weeping? Wailing or dancing?" 

The holidays of Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day, a day when Israel remembers all fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terror, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marking the establishment of the modern state of Israel on May 14, 1948, observed on the 5th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, represent two extremes. On Yom HaZikaron, Israel remembers the lives taken, mostly lives of young men and woman whose whole lives were in front of them, but who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and our people. On Yom Ha’atzmaut, we celebrate the miracle of the return of Jewish sovereignty to Israel after 2,000 years of exile, arguably the greatest event in Jewish history since the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem. The truly incredible aspect of these holidays is that they come one after another with no transition. Israeli Memorial Day seamlessly blends into Israeli Independence Day. Although Israeli Independence Day is a day of unbridled joy, one cannot be faulted for bringing a piece of the sadness of the previous day before with us into the joy. 

This week, our community came together in a solemn but hopeful ceremony to mark these two days. We heard from local dignitaries and leaders, soldiers wounded in the war, and more. I was honored to stand on the stage with my local rabbinic colleagues across the denominational spectrum to pray for Israel’s welfare with one voice in our holy, timeless, and unifying language, Hebrew. Our Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County community put together a truly special program to mark two holidays that have never felt this way before. We ended the evening with songs of hope, listening to beautiful music played by incredible Israeli musicians, and even dancing in the aisles. Just as we include the breaking of a glass at a wedding, to lessen the joy just a little to include some brokenness, we too must add some hope and joy during times of immense pain and sorrow. 

This Shabbat, we will join together for services to celebrate the aufruf of our congregants/chaverim Jodi Sherman and Alex Kassander. During my Dvar Torah, I will speak about Jewish unity; why it is so difficult because of the sacrifices it takes, and why it is so necessary at this moment. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi David Baum

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Kabbalat Shabbat


Friday, May 17 at 6:15


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Saturday, May 18, 2024

9:30 AM

Kiddush Sponsor:

Jodi Sherman & Alex Kassander in honor of their Aufruf


Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129

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