Rabbi’s Message: May 1, 2015

Spring 

Ki hiney hastav avar hageshem chalaf halakh lo; hanitavim niru ba’aretz, et hazamer higiah v’kol hatur nishma b’artzaynu; hat’ayna chanta fageyha v’han’ganim s’madar natnu ray’ach / For behold, winter is over, the heavy rains have past and moved on, flowers have made their appearance on the earth, the time of singing has arrived and voice of the dove is heard in our land, the fig tree sprouts forth its fruit and the vines blossom offering their fragrance…
Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) 2: 11-12

What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreamin’ boy
And I’m lost in a daydream
Dreamin’ ‘bout my bundle of joy
And even if time ain’t really on my side
It’s one of those days for takin’ a walk outside
I’m blowing the day to take a walk in the sun
And fall on my face on somebody’s new mowed lawn
“Daydream,” by John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful)

Hello, lamppost, what’cha knowin’?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’t’cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in doo-doo, feelin’ groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy
“The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)

Chevra,

Recently I have felt it urgent to comment on many of the serious issues that face the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Sometimes, however, one has to just pause and stop and literally “smell the flowers.” With all of the serious issues that can seem to be so threatening looming before us, we can neglect to simply enjoy gifts of pleasure that are waiting for us to so easily sample.

It’s spring! After months of kvetching about the cold, snow, ice, and freezing rain and for some being cooped up indoors, we have before us, just waiting to be enjoyed, a menu of the pleasures of spring with all of its delicious sights, sounds, and aromas.

The leaves are beginning to erupt from the budding tips of the branches of the trees in front of the window I peer out of as I write this. I have witnessed the return of colorful red cardinals perching on that tree and have heard their songs and those of other avian visitors cheerily chirping away. The bright colors of blossoming flowers have begun to flamboyantly announce their appearance. And the air is fragrant with the scent of renewal.

So take a day and just daydream. Take a lovely walk in the sun. Join the birds in song. Put aside worries for a while. And just take advantage of a beautiful, pleasurable spring to feel groovy.
Blessing us all with enjoying the gift of spring,

B’Shalom,
Menashe

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