Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Tetzaveh-Zahor/ 8 Adar 5775
Exodus 257:20-28:30| Esther 7:1-10; 8:15-17

This Shabbat, Ellen Frank-Miller shares 
Shabbat: A Love Story


When I was growing up, Shabbat meant a nice dinner at home on Friday night followed by services at our classical Reform congregation. Saturday meant yard work, housework, homework. Shabbat was like a dinner date when you don't get the phone call the next day. A religious one-night-stand, quickly forgotten.

When I began observing Shabbat as an adult, particularly after we joined the Kahal community, things changed. After the dinner date with Shabbat on Friday night, Shabbat called the next day to invite us to "hang out" and spend the day together. There was even a romantic kiss goodbye on Saturday night under the starry sky during Havdallah. This was a love connection alright!

As we began to see each other regularly, the relationship started to get serious. And something magical happened.

Now, every Friday night as the sun slowly sinks and transforms the sky into lovely colors, I find myself in front of my candlesticks and beyond them at the same time. As I strike the match and cover my eyes, I feel part of my soul reaching out to and connecting with Jewish women all over the world who are, at this very moment, doing the exact same thing I am doing, whispering the exact same words I am whispering.

And then, inevitably, I feel something ephemeral reach out and gently grasp that connection, slowly, softly stretching it beyond this world into the past, back to the Old World where hundreds of years ago my great-great-great grandmothers covered their eyes and whispered the exact same words I am whispering now. And for one, liminal moment, we are together in the glow of the candlelight, the women of the present and the women of the past.

And then, Shabbat arrives, kissing me at the door, gazing at me lovingly, and sighing at how wonderful it is to be together again.

Shabbat Shalom!

ELLEN FRANK MILLER has been a member of Beth Emet since 1998. Her son Danny grew up at Kahal where Ellen's love affair with Shabbat began. She and her husband Steve Miller and Danny were delighted to help usher in Kahal Chai and to celebrate all of the support and friendship they've gained there over the years. Ellen is an Adjunct Lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and is confident that she will graduate before Danny finishes at ETHS. She hopes. Maybe. Ugh.
Each Friday during 5775, we are 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, February 27
6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Reception) Kabbalat Shabbat in the Sanctuary including a D'var Torah by Rabbi Andrea London.

Saturday, February 21
9:30 a.m. Kahal Worship in the Weiner Room with Torah Reader 
Rabbi Suzanne Griffel and Torah Discussion Leader Marci Dickman. Potluck lunch to follow.

9:30 a.m.  Minyan in Room 208 
Torah Discussion Leader Marci Dickman


10:45 a.m.  Super Shabbat with Anna and Gillian for children ages 4-7ish
 
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