From the Desk - Covering the Head with a Tallit
So a year has passed since we joined you - where has the time gone?! Carly and I (and the kids) consider ourselves so privileged to be here in Beth Ora. Thank you so much to all of you who sent such lovely messages to us on our 'first anniversary.'
As you will have noticed, we've started a few initiatives over the past year and are planning several more. We look forward to your continued enthusiasm and collaboration as we continue our journey together.
Speaking of which, we are very excited for this week's Shabbaton for which we welcome guest speaker Harry Rothenberg who is coming specially from New York to spend Shabbat with us. For those of you lucky enough to be joining us for Friday night dinner, we look forward to Harry's keynote talk on being visibly Jewish in the workplace. Please note that Friday Mincha this week will be at the earlier time of 6:10 PM.
Aside from that though, we are privileged to have the opportunity to hear Harry again on Shabbat day during the sermon, after the Kiddush and at Seuda Shlishit. You can find more details of the time and topics here.
On Shabbat, May 20th, we will be having a Kehillah Shabbat in honor of Yom Yerushalayim. We invite all members to bring to the synagogue before May 20th, any photos they have of Yerushalayim which we will put on display at the Kiddush. We will send other details of this Kehillah Shabbat next week but, for now, please mark the date in the calendar for what will be a very special Shabbat.
I have been enjoying learning about and practicing honour this week as part of our Omer Character Project. Thank you to Ricky Shapiro and Dora Edelstein for teaching us about this important character trait.
Last Week in Synagogue
Last week in synagogue, I discussed the importance of responsibility. Very often, we wait for someone else to do what needs to be done but we are all here for a reason and there is a contribution to the world that each of us must make. You can read more thoughts on this here.
We wish Mazel tov to Justin Fillippone and his family on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah next Thursday. We are delighted to have Justin and his family in our community and hope this is the first of many celebrations together.
In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful Shabbat,
Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf
Dovid, Rachelli, Yehuda and Avrami
What's the Deal with Covering the Head with a Tallit?
This question was asked by Mark Sherman who is currently on vacation in Israel.
For men to cover their heads with a tallit is seen as an expression of humility. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (the author of Mishnah Berurah) records the practice to cover the head with the tallit during the Shema and Amidah but there are those who are stringent to do so during other parts of the service as well.