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עשה תורתך קבע – אמור מעט ועשה הרבה

Shavua Tov – A wonderful drosh and a great meal

Posted by rabbiart on November 8, 2008

This morning we went to shul at the Masorti synagogue in Haifa.  They daven with Sefardic nusach and there were some interesting variations on a few of the prayers.  They were using Siddur Rinat Yisrael and I’m trying to remember if I have one of those in my collection.  This was the published in israel all Hebrew version, so I know I don’t have that.   The Kaddish was slightly different, and the opening of the Shacharit Kedushah had na’aretzecha v’nakdishecha.

The most moving different prayer was the prayer for Israel which was longer, and while someone read it, everyone else hummed the melody of HaTikvah. Carol said it gave her goose bumps.  There was also a prayer for the release of Gilad Shalit and Ron Arad.   We are the people of long memories, Ron Arad was lost in combat in 1986.  As we were walking about, we saw signs offering a reward of 10 million dollars for knowledge leading to the release of Gilad Shalit.

The Rabbi gave a drosh (in Hebrew of course; I think I got about  85% of it) drawing parallels between a visit to Bet She’an that the shul had organized on Friday, and the parshah.  What struck me the most was his characterization of Avraham Avinu as the first oleh (immigrant to Israel).  How we see and understand the Torah is of course influenced by who and where we are.  It occured to me that I have never heard anyone in the U.S. make this observation about our founding ancestor.

This evening we had dinner in a Kosher (well of course) Chinese restaurant.  This was wonderful on two counts.  We could order anything on the menu that we wanted, and since it was a meat restaurant, Carol didn’t have to be worried about inadvertently eating anything with dairy in it. (lactose intolerance – as many of you devoted readers know).  The regular menu was in Hebrew and English, but there was a prix fix (I forget what it was called) menu that was only in Hebrew, and a much better deal.  Carol thought that the waiter was surprised that we were ordering from it.  One wonders if perhaps the menu is only in Hebrew so that tourists will not know what it is and will order from the regular menu, which of course makes the price of the meal noticeably higher. (OK, call me cynical if you wish!).

Tomorrow… off to Tel Aviv for a day and a night, then on to jerusalem and hooking up (so to speak) with the bike ride, which will start on Wednesday morning.

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