Rabbi David Seidenberg’s One-Page Haggadah:
Fruit & Wine to Prepare for Your Seder:
A gathering place for all of us in the Torah Circle community to stay connected. At this time of social distancing, we’re doubling down on social connecting! We invite you to use this community blog space for sharing:
To post, just scroll down to the bottom. And we invite you to respond to what others are sharing.
Looking forward to your news and reflections!
October 28, 2019
The wildfires and power shutdowns that are impacting many of us in the Torah Circle are highlighting the importance of community — and of staying in touch with other — in times like these.
So we’re experimenting with setting up a page where anyone in our community with a cell phone can choose to be in communication with the rest of us when the power is down, to ask for help if needed, to offer help, to share information, to coordinate getting together, or to just stay in touch.
Please share any reflections or suggestions below, stay tuned, and we’ll see what emerges!
Elul Expedition — King in the Field
The metaphor for the space of God-connection on Rosh Hashanah is “the palace.” The “palace” is a most special experience, separate from ordinary life, a place of special holiness, a place we don’t enter casually. We prepare as best we can, physically and spiritually. We do our best to be worthy, and where we fall short, we pray for compassion and forgiveness.
Elul is different. The metaphor for the God-connection space is “the field.” During Elul, our sages teach, “the King is in the field.” The “field” is the material space where we live our ordinary lives. Teshuvah — returning. During Elul, God is doing teshuvah! Returning to us to meet us in the field.
Our challenge during Elul: to meet God’s teshuvah with our own. But where and how do we find God in the field? Is it when we take the opportunity to do an act of kindness for another person? Is it how we notice with gratitude when someone does an unexpected act of kindness for us? Is it when we see a beautiful flower, or the smile on the face of a stranger, or stop to listen to a bird sing? Is it all of the above?
So here’s our invitation: Post a Comment below, on any or every day of Elul, about your personal encounter with the King in the Field. We also invite you to check out the comments of friends who are sharing the journey, and share your personal responses to what they have said.
Most of all, we invite you to share this journey of our Torah Circle community!
2. Last of the Mohicans.
In honor of Reb Shlomo’s 21st yahrzeit on 16 Cheshvan 5776 (October 29, 2015), here is Chapter 30, from Holy Beggars. It features a dialogue between Reb Shlomo and Reb Zalman.
You can find the rest of the parsha text on Chabad.org at Devarim.
You can find the rest of the parsha text on Chabad.org at Va’etchanan.
You can find the rest of the parsha text on Chabad.org at Eikev.