Weekly Bulletin: October 6

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Upcoming Gatherings

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Message from Rabbi Andrea

I hope you are enjoying the season and these beautiful days of Sukkoth. Sukkoth is a time to take rest in the frail shelter, a poignant symbol for life itself.

We read the book of Kohelet during Sukkoth. This profoundly wise book of the Torah struck me a particularly relevant this year. As the author, Kohelet, "King in Jerusalem" muses on values and folly, what is important and what is good. And his opening words are "Utter Futility, saith Kohelet, Utter futility. All is futile." He carefully examines all the distractions and whims with which we amuse ourselves and analyses one after the other. He concludes that wisdom, wealth, and revelry matter little in the end, as we all return to dust, like the beasts. His simple recommendation for a good life is this: Be happy and enjoy that which the God has blessed you with. Live within your means and practice appreciation. Please give yourself the great gift of reading it yourself. There are important messages for our times.

I want to thank again everyone who supported our services over Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Please see our calendar for the many and various gatherings we are hosting in the sukkah this week, including a gathering of Jews of Color on Thursday and a gathering of young adults on Wednesday. You are welcome to drop in at all times. We have left a lulav and etrog in the sukkah, so you can observe that mitzvah.

Also, please note that there is a bin outside the office entrance for non-perishable food donations. We are gathering food for a local pantry until the end of Sukkoth.

Rabbi Andrea

Food Drive ~ Continues through Sukkot

We are encouraging you all to participate in a non-perishable food drive, which will continue until the end of Sukkot (October 11).  When you come by to check out the TI Sukkah, consider dropping off a bag of shelf-stable food which we will distribute to appropriate agencies in Franklin County.

There is a plastic bin placed outside the Office entrance for you to deposit non-perishables at a time convenient to you. Thank you for supporting local hunger relief efforts!

Our liturgy teaches us that 3 things sweeten the karma we may have accrued over the year: Tzedaka, Tefilla and Teshuva. Generosity, Sincere Prayer and Remorse break through our more self-centered tendencies.  Please share generously - for your own selfish purpose!

Yizkor Minyan

Rabbi Andrea will lead a Yizkor service on Shemini Atzeret, Sunday, October 11 at 10 AM. The service will be on Zoom at the same Meeting ID # we used for the High Holidays services, and will also be shared in our How to Participate email (contact us to be subscribed!)

Contribution Link

This link may be used to contribute online for the High Holidays or any Temple class/program. Simply note the purpose of the contribution in the "Notes" field. Checks may also be mailed to 27 Pierce Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.

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