What a wonderful way to begin Shabbat Friday.
I was asked to conduct Shabbat Services for the Assistant Living at the Court At Palm Aire, I introduced myself, gave out their siddurim, lit candles and started with Shalom Aleichem. One of the residents with such cavanah “la la la(ed)” her way through the prayer. I never had that happen before without soliciting it, and it was so beautiful. She has speech difficulties, but that syllable she can say loud and clear. It was awesome. Off and on during the service, this was how she participated. It made my Shabbat. It reminded me of the midrash about the little boy who plays his flute during a Yom Kippur service because he wasn’t old enough to know the prayers yet and the congregants complain. The rabbi tells the congregants that his sincere prayer went up into the heavens just like theirs. WOW! How beautiful! I guess I am still really touched by this experience.
Bittersweet last day of Religious School today. Glad I can sleep in on Sundays now, but I still have a lot of music to share! Never enough time. After all these years in Jewish Education, I can’t get useto that!
Shavua tov eveyone.