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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-26

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Spirituality'

May the coming year be filled
with health, happiness
and prosperity for all our
family and friends

The Rabbis Speak

Sermon messages this Rosh Hashanah range from a look
ahead to a look around to a look inside.

hopelessness, fear and anxi-
ety about the situation in
Israel," Rabbi Morris said.
StaffWriter
"I don't have the
answers, but I think
INT hen Detroit
rabbis come to my role as a rabbi
this year has focused
the bimah this
on legitimizing what
Rosh
all of us are feeling
Hashanah, they will offer
about the hope for
messages of hope, peace,
peace and
harmony and the
the feelings
future of Israel.
when the
At Young Israel of
level of hope Morris
Southfield the mes-
is
sage will be loud and
destroyed."
clear: Tolerance
On Rosh
begins at home. "We
Hashanah, Rabbi
know our specific
Paul Yedwab will
congregation is made
remind the Temple
up of different indi-
Israel congregation
viduals, with differ-
Greenb erg
of the importance of
ent needs, different
visiting Israel.
goals and different
"We already have
ways of practicing
93 members signed
our religion," said
up for the [Jewish
Rabbi Yechiel Morris, "and
Federation of
that's OK. But our different
expressions should not allow Metropolitan
Detroit's Michigan]
us to influence the way we
Miracle Mission 4
care about one another —
this April," he said.
and our sensitivity toward
Blending this focus
one another."
with the theme of his
Rabbi Morris stressed the
holiday message,
need to avoid allowing petty
"Talking with God,"
arguments to tear at rela-
he said: "I really
tionships.
Berkun
believe that
"We can passion-
God hears
ately defend and
us more
explain our positions,
clearly when
but not at the
we speak to him in
expense of creating
Israel."
animosity," he said.
Looking ahead,
"Unity within our
Rabbi Jonathan
congregations leads
Berkun of
to unity in our gener-
Congregation
al Jewish communi-
Shaarey Zedek
ty.
Yedwab
plans to explore
This year's High
"the need to culti-
Holidays also will be
vate sources of
a time for Rabbi
courage and strength in
Morris and other clergy to
these difficult times." He
address concerns about
sees the High Holidays as
Israel.
the inspiration for not giv-
"I understand what every-
ing up personal dreams and
one is feeling right now, in
national aspirations.
terms of pain, anguish,

SHELLI LIEBMAN
DORFMAN

Mary & Claire Tamaroff

May the New Year bring to
all our friends and
health, joy, prosperi
everything good in

The Slaims
heryl, Eric & Jennifer

A VERY

HAPPY & HEALTHY
NEW YEAR
TO ALL OUR
FRIENDS & FAMILY.
Sheryl Pomerance,
Patrick O'Keefe,
Evan & Cydney Seigerman

A VERY
HAPPY & HEALTHY
LEVY YEAR
TO ALL OUR
FRIENDS & FAMILY.

9/26
2003

62

"Both in our individual
lives and together as the
Jewish people, we must
rediscover our sense
of purpose and resist
the temptation to
despair about the
future," he said.
With Rosh
Hashanah and Yom
Kippur a time when
prayers are intensi-
fied, he stressed the
need to "recommit
ourselves to a sacred
partnership with
God in which we are
challenged to fashion a life
and a world of our choos-
ing."
Rabbi Schneor
Greenberg's look ahead
began with a look back at
Detroit's recent power out-
age, comparing the need for
an electrical back-
up system with the
need for a spiritual
one.
"In life, one
needs to have a
good spiritual
back-up system
that will support us
in times of crisis
and tragedy," said
the Chabad of
Commerce rabbi.
"There are times
when we don't see
the hand of God and feel
left out in the dark. This is
when a strong back-up sys-
tem of faith in God and
unconditional commitment
to Judaism will kick in to
support our relationship
with the Almighty in these
challenging moments. With
the approach of the High
Holidays, it is the right time
to provide yourself with a
high-quality 'generator."' El

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