TEMPLE SHOLOM, Monroe & North Street,

P.O. Box 50,1Galesburg, IL 61401—ph 309-343-3323

Bulletin, Fall /Winter 2018,

Rabbi's Message

Rabbi's Message & Mazel  tov

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Rabbi's Message

Shalom Temple Sholom!  I’m sure you haven’t heard that one before.  If we have not yet met, let me introduce myself.  I am Rabbi Henry Jay Karp and I will be serving your congregation for the coming year.  Once you hear my voice you will know that I am a born and bred New Yorker, but back in 1977 I became a convert to the Mid-West.  Since 1985, I served Temple Emanuel in Davenport for 32 years, retiring a year ago after 32 years in that pulpit.  But enough about me.

What I really want to talk to you about is the Hebrew month of Elul.  Elul is the month preceding the High Holy Days.  Though it has no Jewish holidays of its own, it is an especially important month in Jewish life.  For during the month of Elul we are instructed to dedicate our time to preparing our souls for the coming Yamim HaNora’im – the Days of Awe.

 

You see, observing the High Holy Days entails more than simply showing up for services on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  It is even more than just fasting on Yom Kippur.  To truly observe the High Holy Days you need to prepare yourself for what can be – if you make it – a life changing experience.  That experience begins with a deep dive into serious introspection.  We need to examine our souls and honestly ask ourselves: “During the past year, when was I at my best and when was I at my worst?  What were my strengths and what were my weaknesses?  What were the actions and the attitudes of which I am proudest and which were the ones of which I am ashamed?”  Confronting such questions is not meant to be easy for it is never easy to face up to our darker side.  It is hard, but necessary, for if we wish to make the New Year a really NEW year and not just a repeat of old patterns, we have to come face-to-face with both our best and our worst selves.  And that is what we do during the month of Elul.

 

I know all that sounds pretty darn glum, but if you do it sincerely, it can be uplifting and liberating.  For such serious soul searching is the start of traveling down the path to becoming more of the person each of us wishes we can be, not just in fleeting moments, but in our essential nature that will shine through in our everyday actions.

 

Have a fulfilling Elul spiritual adventure!

 

Rabbi Henry Jay Karp

Mazel tov--Congratulations!

To Katy Moore, who met with a Beit Din in May and has now officially converted to Judaism.

To Susan Lyon, who was awarded the Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement award at the May meeting of the Entrepreneurial Support Network of West Central Illinois.

To Gabriel Lyon and Alexandra Newman, married on July 29, 2018. Gabriel and Alex are now living in Burlingame, California.

To Bob Bondi and Jodie Patterson, on the occasion of their marriage in St. Louis on August 16.

To Maurice Eberhardt Cohn, who this fall begins a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting program at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).

 

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