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Shabbat Shalom
This Shabbat, Stacey Robinson shares
Shabbat Poem (Psalm 92)

And so we stand

On the edge of this week

Pebbles strewn at our feet
The distance between us an endless heartbeat
The difference like night
Like day
Like light and darkness

Like God
Who separates the days
And brings us
Ever and always
To this holy edge

To this Shabbat

Where we stand
Trembling with effort
Weary from a week filled with
Noise and action and movement
Restless and driven
From one moment to the next
Until we are brought to this edge
This endless and always edge

To this Shabbat
Sacred and at peace
We pause
We breathe
At rest

With God
With one another
In a flickerflame of candle light
The setting of the sun
From one breath to the next
One heartbeat
We stand on the edge and cross into the infinite
As one
Into peace
Into Shabbat

Stacey Zisook Robinson has been writing poetry and creative non-fiction since she launched her blog,Stumbling towards meaning, in 2009. Prior to that, she wrote in the old-fashion way, using pen and paper. Using a digital format, she can write faster, delete easier and reach a much wider audience. In addition to her blog, she is a regular contributor to the Reform Judaism blog, and is privileged to be a writer at several online sites, including and She was published last year in the summer issue of Lilith Magazine, and was one of the featured authors in Beth Emet's Memorial Book for 2013/5774. She lives in Skokie with her son, Nate. Stacey is also the curator of The Shabbat Project, Beth Emet's weekly
e-newsletter focusing on reflections of Shabbat.
In this new weekly email, each Friday during 5775, we will be featuring writings from you, our congregants, sharing reflections on Shabbat. We hope you will be inspired to share your reflections with the community. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please contact Stacey Robinson at
This Weekend at Beth Emet

Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services including B'reishit: We Begin, A D'var Torah in Meturgaman-style with Marilyn Price and Suzanne Coffey.
Congregants Suzane Coffey and Marilyn Price will be chanting Torah and commenting on the days of creation (and speaking of creation--to mark the occasion of Marilyn Price's 70th birthday, enjoy cupcakes following services).

Saturday, October 18 
9:00 a.m.
Tot Shabbat and Kiddish in the Weiner Room and rooms 101 & 103

9:30 a.m.
Kahal Service in the Weiner Room
Shabbat Minyan in Room 208

6:30 p.m.
Annual Mitzvah Appeal event: Bonfire, Booze, & BBQ
at the home of Neal Moglin and Mark Tendam (2448 Lincolnwood Drive, Evanston). RSVP to Bekki Harris Kaplan

Sunday, October 19   
9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Hebrew 1 with Bluma Stoller  

11:00 a.m.
Hebrew 3 with Tamar Selch
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