As I write these words, we are in the week of the Torah reading Beha'alotecha. This parsha begins with Aaron, Moshe's brother and high priest of the Israelites, lighting the lamp of the seven-armed menorah. This menorah becomes a symbol for the Jewish people so deep that it is still used today as the emblem of the State of Israel, with a statue standing outside the halls of the Israeli parliament - the Knesset. It is a symbol for Jewish leadership.
Later in the parsha, Moshe, upon having fully admitted his inability to lead alone, has his "spirit" distributed to the 70 elders of the community. Rashi, the 11th century Torah commentator from Northern France, tells us that this is an act that actually increases Moshe's spirit - Rashi tells us to think of Moshe as a candle whose flame burns bright, and in lighting the flame of others around him, his spirit is shared without any decrease in his own.
I have learned a great deal about what is possible in leadership from Mishkan Ha'am, and, having read Rashi's comment, believe that how we do leadership is radically traditional. I believe we are a community of people, each of whom plays the role of Moshe at different moments, and each of whom is able to acknowledge when we cannot lead alone, spreading our spirit to others, and increasing our own spirit for having done so.
Thank you for what has been an educational and illuminating year as you have shared your spirit with me.
In your light, I see light,
GOT OLD CELLPHONES? USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES?
Save your used cell phones and printer cartridges for the Mishkan recycling program that will give us a few extra dollars for programming!
Collect from your friends and relatives too! There is a box set up at the church, or you can contact Lois Heitner at email@example.com
HIWP Backdoor Thrift Shop
The Hebrew Institute of White Plains seeks donations of gently used clothing, bedding, coats, hats, shoes, handbags, housewares,
and costume jewelry for its thrift shop, which serves lower income patrons from White Plains and the surrounding areas.
Donations, which are tax-deductible, may be dropped off during store hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Access to the shop is from the back parking lot at 20 Greenridge Avenue in White Plains. The shop phone number is (914) 358-5575.
Do You Have a Laptop That is No Longer Used? Hebrew School Needs It!
Mishkan Ha'am's She'arim/Gateways Hebrew School is looking for donations of laptops with working wifi capabilities.
Our classrooms now have wireless access and we would like to develop 21st century lessons and activities.
Mishkan Ha'am will provide a thank-you letter for
your donation for tax purposes.Please note the following requirements:
~ laptop (mac or pc)
~ power cord
~ all documents removed/erased from hard-drive
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you have a potential laptop to donate.
Leslie Lieman or Rabbi David Basior will contact you about the specifications and when/where to drop-off.
Thanks in advance for your generous contribution to Hebrew School.
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