“In This House”

There is a song from one of my favorite composers and soloists, Beth Shafer,” who has a song out called, “In This House.” I have taught this song to kids because it teaches about what a synagogue should be and is” a house of worship, a house of study, a house that helps others, community, and more.
I think Ron’s and my home fits this description. Our home is a house that helps other; definitely a house of study because of my private students, study group gatherings, and my own private studying; a house of worship, and a house of celebration. We celebrate holidays, of course, but what is so beautiful about our home is that we celebrate life cycle events. “In This House” we have celebrated bris’s, baby/child namings, we had our sons’ weddings here; Ron and I repeated our vows here; and yesterday, we had a bar mitzvah ceremony here.
Ron has a little brother from the Big Brother Big Sister Organization who is Jewish. We met Jordan when he was already 13 and later on found out he wanted to have a Bar Mitzvah Ceremony, so of course I taught him. He is a wonderful student who did the full reading for a Saturday late afternoon service without a recording. He did it strictly by trope (Torah accent marks). He learned several prayers and of course learned about the holidays; studied Torah; discussed the prayers; and learned whatever else we could. Hopefully he will come back for more. The family had no where to have the ceremony so we had it here. It was a beautiful haimish ceremony. Ron made a little Kiddish (sweets) for him, and then we went out to celerbate Jordan’s milestone.
I look at my house with a different feeling. It is not just shelter. It is so much more. I am sure that we have feelings about our homes other than what their intent is because of who we are and our life experiences. But when I think of the song, “In This House” I look around with a smile on my face and happiness in my heart, and pray that we can have many more happy occasions in our home.
Shavua tov!

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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