We have just passed through two periods of mourning, one national and one in our own Congregation. The first is, of course, Tisha B'Av. This is a very difficult day in the middle of the summer. The day is long, the weather is hot, and the prevailing mood is quite depressing, although hopeful.
I wanted to point out that I was extremely impressed by our congregation’s response. Many men, women, and children attended our services, beginning with Saturday night, Sunday morning, and Mincha on Sunday afternoon. But it was more than just the attendance. The services were dignified and I felt a sense of deep feeling among the worshippers expressing the message of this day.
The other sad event in our shul was the passing of Mrs. Sylvia Cheses, z”l. There was a full period of Shiva at the home of Nechama and Aryeh Cheses. Again, I was gratified and impressed by the number of our congregants that faithfully came each morning to assure the minyanim taking place. The evenings were flooded with people, which was a great kavod to the late Mrs. Cheses.
“Those who mourn Jerusalem’s destruction will merit to see its rebuilding.” We have now entered the period of consolation of our people expressing the promise of a better tomorrow. It began with a “ti-yul” of a large number of our congregants and friends to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park last Wednesday evening. A wonderful time was had by all (well… except for the Red Sox losing to Detroit …) and our thanks go to Phil Rosen and all others who worked hard to make this project such a success.
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