I constantly say how blessed I am with what I do for a living. 

How many people can wake up in the morning and say they love what they do?  Yes, sometimes I feel overwhelmed; overly anxious; and there are times I have difficulty getting myself to work; but, I do feel blessed.  Why?

I get to teach and sing with people of all ages!

I conducted several Model Passover Seders and Passover Seders this year with children and adults.  From the music to the questions, to the discussions, the Seders were so inspiring.  In one of the children’s model Seders, when asked why we have salt water on the tables, a six year old told me it was to remind us of the sweat of the slaves, not the tears, but the sweat.  That was a “DUH” moment for me.  I learned the salt water symbolized the tears the slaves shed, and that was what I always tell people, but never really thought about the perspiration.  Another student asked me why we only use the pinky to take the joy out of our glasses of wine for the 10 plagues. A wonderful question! I told the student that I don’t think there is a written law for that, but I would look it up, and I did.  I read that it was originally the pointer finger, symbolizing the finger of God.  The adults asked questions as well.  How long ago did this story take place?  Is this fiction or non-fiction? 

At one of my Shabbat Services I was asked where all these prayers came from?  What a discussion came out of that!

I love singing and I love teaching, facilitating, discussing.  I love being with people of all ages.  I do feel blessed!




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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