Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Sh'mot / 18 Tevet  5775
Exodus 1:1-2:25 |Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 

Isac Kapulski shares Introspection and Contemplation

As we approach Shabbat, we enter a period of reflection, preparing to welcome this special moment of transition, from the quotidian and mundane haste of the week into the respite for contemplation - about life, family, friends and the world that surrounds us. As the sun begins to set, and as we slip into a more introspective mode, there is time and space to truly reflect upon prayers to God.

 

A Prayer of Introspection and Contemplation

 

Oh, Almighty Creator of the Universe, with Your infinite wisdom and loving-kindness, grant me the strength to endure the vicissitudes of our mortal existence.

 

Give me the necessary fortitude, steadfastness, patience and serenity to properly handle the unexpected changes that occur in our daily lives.

 

Please guide me, providing me with a greater insight, so that I may be able to make the right decisions as needed in order to help me shield, protect, preserve and heal my loved ones who depend on my care and concern; enable me to absorb and digest, assimilate all that I need to learn so that I may become a better-informed person and to be able to make the right decisions as we must sometimes navigate through uncertain and turbulent waters.

 

If I falter, please allow me to make the necessary adjustments and corrections, so that I may get back on track.

 

If I lose my capacity to maintain an even keel when troubled waters threaten to overwhelm me, guide me, and show me how to overcome my shortcomings, and to become a more caring, compassionate and understanding person. In spite of all the difficulties that may assail me, as I seek my way toward calmer waters, please endow me with the wisdom to make the right decisions when this becomes necessary and lead me to a safer harbor.

 

I know that You are the majestic Ruler of our cosmic world, All-knowing, All-seeing, and with endless and undeniable control of what goes on with all of us humans every second, every minute, every hour of our daily lives.

 

Please be generous in Your endless mercy and compassion. We are Your children and You are our Maker - we are Your people and our destinies are in Your hands.

 

Give me the serenity and understanding so that I may aspire to become a better, caring individual, and so that I may participate in the fashioning, repair and maintenance of a better world for all of us.

 

Chazak, Chazak, Venitchazeik - May we go on from strength to strength in the pursuit of Tikkun Olam - the repairing of our world.

 

And let us say, Amen!
 

Shabbat shalom!

 

ISAC KAPULSKI and his wife, Rosemary, have been members of Beth Emet for the past 41 years. Their children Alan and Sabrina grew up within the Beth Emet community. Isac is a past Chair of the Israel-ARZA Committee at Beth Emet; past President of ARZA for the Great Lakes Region; a former Vice President, Chairman of the Board and President of The American Zionist Movement for the Midwest, and President of Universal Languages, Inc. - a translations and interpreting Agency.

 

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 Zisook Robinson
This Shabbat at Beth Emet

Friday, January 9
8:00 p.m. 
Kabbalat Shabbat including Why the Jewish Community Should Be Committed to the Struggle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a D'var Torah by Kalman Resnick. Torah reading by Myra Schneider. 
 
Saturday, January 10
9:30 a.m.
Kahal Worship in the Weiner Room with Torah Reader Eliana Chavkin and Torah Discussion Leader Rabbi Andrea London.

9:30 a.m. 
Minyan in Room 208. Torah Discussion Leader Rabbi Andrea London.

3:30 p.m.
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