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May 12, 1989 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-12

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TORAH PORTION

One Must - Count

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himself and all mankind.
They added up to a life lived
well.
When we count the Omer,
we count not only the days
but the weeks. We add up the
days and weeks into a mean-
ingful total. We express,
thereby, the thought that
time counts, that time is to be
so employed that it will result
in a significant and construc-
tive sum.
Time is our most precious
possession, and the Torah
commands us not to "kill"
time but to use it, to live it in-
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days," the psalmist sang,
"that we may acquire a heart
of wisdom?'
The counting of the Omer is
not simply a formal calendar
ritual, nor is it merely a
religious exercist in mathe-
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nothing less than a Jewish
philosophy of life. It tells the
Jew that if he is to count as
a person, he must learn how
to count in life. The counting
of the Omer comes to us each -
year as an annual reminder of
the obligation to review the
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Temple Beth Jacob will
honor its rabbi, Richard
Weiss, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
with a banquet at Meadow
Brook Hall in Rochester.
The event will celebrate
Rabbi Weiss' 25 years in the
rabbinate, 10 years at Ibmple
Beth Jacob and his honorary
degree of doctor of divinity
which he was recently award-
ed by the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of
Religion.
The dinner will be preced-
ed by an optional tour of the
mansion at 5 p.m., and
cocktails and hors d'ouevres
at 6 p.m. After the dinner,
Steven Fish, past president of
the temple, will act as master
of ceremonies.
The program wilinclude
musical selections by Beverly
Stief, soprano soloist of Beth
Jacob, accompanied by
Charles Wilson, the temple's
musical director and organist.
Rabbi Weiss has served on
the board of the Pontiac-
Oakland Symphony Or-
chetra; the advisory commit-
tee of St. Joseph-Mercy
Hospital; Planned Paren-
thood advisory committee;
board of governors and Social
Action Committee, B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundation at
Wayne State University; the
Orchards, placing Jewish
children in Jewish foster
homes; the education commit-
tee of the Yavneh Reform
Jewish Day School; and on
the board of the Pontiac Area
Transitional Housing Project.
He also has served on the
board of governors of the Col-
lege of Jewish Studies and as
chaplain at the Oakland
County Medical Facility, Pon-
tiac General Hospital and the
Prentis Manor Nursing
Home. He runs a monthly

Rabbi Richard Weiss

program for Jewish patients
and others at Clinton Valley
Mental Hospital.

T'chiyah Hosts
Rabbi Levenson

Rabbi Amy Zweiback
Levenson, Midwest regional
director of the Federation of
Reconstructionist Congrega-
tions and Havurot (FRCH),
will pseak on "Meaningful
Creative Services" 10 a.m.
Saturday at Congregation
T'chiyah.
Services will be followed by
a dairy potluck lunch. In the
afternoon, Rabbi Levenson
will present a workshop on
the Reconstructionist Move-
ment. The public is invited to
both sessions.
Rabbi Levenson is a
graduate of the Reconstruc-
tionist Rabbinical College in
Wyncote, Pa.
In addition to her FRCH
responsibilities, Rabbi Leven-
son serves as rabbi of B'nai
Yisrael Reconstructionist
Congregation in South Bend,
Ind.

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