This moment in the life of our congregation brings to mind the words of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes): A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven: A time for being born and a time for dying… a time for silence and a time for speaking.
Even as we mourn with Rabbi Berkson over the loss of his dear Debbie, we celebrate with Rabbi Schaller, Stephen, and Arvie, as their Goldie joins us as the newest member of our congregational family.
We are used to our Rabbis guiding us through our simchas—brit milah and baby namings, birthday and anniversary blessings, weddings and B’nei mitzvah. And we rely on our Rabbis for comfort and wisdom when we are mourning.
But there is a season for everything, and this is the time for us to be there for our Rabbis, following the example they have set. As a congregation, we celebrate each other’s joys, and we help to ease each other’s sorrows. So that is what we do now for our Rabbis. We surround them with the love of their congregation. And we will continue to move forward… together.
A season is set for everything: A time for weeping and a time for laughing, a time for wailing and a time for dancing.