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Do You Know How to Embrace Change?

Monday, 23 October, 2017 - 11:50 pm

 

Question of the Week:

 

I am confused. The shul has moved? Where to? What does this mean? I liked the shul as it was.....

 

Answer:

Change can be confronting. The human is a habit forming being, and breaking our habits is unsettling and scary and makes us feel vulnerable. And that's great.

 

Growth comes through shattering our old ways. Only by breaking ourselves and our mould can we become greater. I must at times step out of whatever defined me and find a new self-definition. Even G-d did that. 

 

Before creating the world, G-d contracted His infinite light to make space for existence. He hid away is infinite self to make way for our finite world. From that moment on, the rule is this: if you want to take a step forward, you have to give up the comfort of the way things are. Learning to let go and actually enjoy it is the only way to live a fulfiling life through all its twists and turns.

 

So yes, we have begun our building project. The shul is being demolished in order to build something bigger and better. While Roscoe St is under construction we will be holding services in Francis St. This is a change in habit, and our community will need to adjust to smaller premises in a different location. 

 

But in truth, it doesn't really matter where we are. What matters is who we are. What makes a community is the people. We can be in a big building or a small one, new or old one, as long as we are there, it is home.

 

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Moss

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