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Community and renewal

As the month of May begins, we reflect on recent celebrations that have brought us together as a community and fostered a sense of unity, renewal and joy. From the joyous gatherings of Passover to the solemn observation of the days of Sefira to the joyous festivities of Lag Ba'Omer, our shared experiences have enriched our spiritual journey and strengthened the bonds of our community.

The recent Passover Seder was a powerful reminder of the power of community and tradition to bring us together in celebration and reflection. It was heartwarming to see so many of you gathered around the Seder table, sharing stories, songs and symbolic foods that connect us to our rich heritage. The spirit of Passover, with its themes of liberation and redemption, continues to inspire us as we strive to live lives full of meaning and purpose.

After the conclusion of Pesach, we entered the time of Sefira, a time of reflection and spiritual growth. During these 49 days, we count the Omer, symbolizing the journey from liberation to revelation. It is a time of personal reflection, self-improvement and renewal as we prepare to receive the Torah on Shavuot. I encourage each of you to use this holy time as an opportunity for inner transformation and renewal.

As Lag Ba'Omer approaches, we look forward to the joyous celebration of this special day. Lag Ba'Omer is a time of rejoicing, marked by bonfires, music, and festive gatherings. It commemorates the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a revered scholar and author of the Zohar whose teachings continue to inspire generations of seekers. Let us come together as a community to celebrate the teachings and legacy of Rabbi Shimon and revel in the joy of unity and connection.

As we move through the month of May, let us continue to embrace the opportunities for connection, growth, and celebration that come our way. Whether we are gathered around the Seder table, counting the Omer, or dancing around the campfire for Lag Ba'Omer, let us remember that our strength lies in our unity, our resilience, and our shared commitment to building a vibrant and inclusive community.

Wishing you all a month filled with joy, renewal and meaningful connections.

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