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Peeling Back the Layers

05/23/2019 08:00:27 AM


Beth Schafer

As you know by now, Temple Sinai’s building is closed for construction. We had our first Shabbat service last week at The Weber School which was lovely and hamish (like home). Just yesterday I saw a picture of our sanctuary stripped bare. It was an empty room, and yet it wasn’t.

As I stared at the picture of our cavernous worship space, I could imagine all of the services and important life moments that were experienced there. I would like to think that all of the prayers, all of the tears of joy and pain, all of the moments where we connected as a community and invited God to dwell among us still live in that sacred space. 

No construction can neutralize that energy. In peeling back the layers of our sanctuary, I was left with beautiful memories of our congregation as well as excitement-excitement for the new experiences our families will have, excitement for the inspiring moments yet to be created, excitement for the prayers and music that will fill the air and unite with that which has hung in the air since the sanctuary’s beginning. It is we who make the space holy and that holiness is present even in the sanctuary’s temporary emptiness.

With wishes for Shabbat Shalom,


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