Every1Counts: Day 49

May 18, 2018   4 Sivan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-NINE DAYS, WHICH IS SEVEN WEEKS, OF THE OMER


…It means for the Jew in me to seek fulfillment both as a Jew and as a human being.  For a Jew, Judaism and humanity must go together.  To be Jewish is to recognize that every person is created in God’s image and thus worthy of respect.  Being Jewish to me is to reject fanaticism everywhere.

As a Jew I must be sensitive to the pain of all human beings.  To remain indifferent to persecution and suffering anywhere, in Afghanistan or in Kiev, is to become an accomplice of the tormentor.

Elie Wiesel

(Wiesel, Elie. I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl, edited by Judea Pearl and Ruth Pearl, Jewish Lights Pub., 2005, p. 169.)

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Every1Counts: Day 48

May 17, 2018   3 Sivan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-EIGHT DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND SIX DAYS, OF THE OMER


I am Jewish, humble yet proud of a heritage that has dignified me even as others have tried to destroy my race.  I was twenty years old in 1948 when the Palmach/Haganah accepted me as a soldier in Israel’s War of Independence.  The experience changed the course of my life. I am a Jew who believes that, though small in numbers, we have a powerful moral influence on the world, and in the words of Hillel, ‘If not now when?’ …

It is imperative that we nurture a fidelity of commitment to purpose.  What is that purpose?  Not just to exist, but to continue to bring to this world actions noble in thought and deed, always in courage, remembering, we are our own final solution.

 Vidal Sassoon

(Sassoon, Vidal.  I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl, edited by Judea Pearl and Ruth Pearl, Jewish Lights Pub., 2005, pp. 77-78.)


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Every1Counts: Day 47

May 16, 2018   2 Sivan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-SEVEN DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND FIVE DAYS, OF THE OMER


 Judaism is both a religion and a race. It’s an imprint I carry with me everywhere. I was taught to hate prejudice. I was taught the values of loyalty—the values of family. Even though I was not fortunate enough to go to college, I was certainly embedded with strong Jewish values of education and learning, no matter what the form. …We are small in number; our impact has been incredible.

…I must say [my] trip [to Jerusalem] really hit home to me. The very flavor of Jerusalem stayed with me long after I left. I liked all the people of the region, including the many Palestinians I met. I felt a sense of belonging and I thought a lot about my late parents, who would have loved to step on that soil.

Larry King

(King, Larry.  I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl, edited by Judea Pearl and Ruth Pearl, Jewish Lights Pub., 2005, pp. 51–53.)


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Every1Counts: Day 46

May 15, 2018   1 Sivan, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-SIX DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND FOUR DAYS, OF THE OMER


Since 2012 we here at TBA have turned the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot into an amazing program called Every1Counts (E1C). This year, we shared the voices of our congregation and enhanced our community by listening to each other. We received 45 submissions to the question, “What does being Jewish mean to you?” For these last four evenings of the Omer, we will count by “listening” to some famous voices describe what being Jewish means to them.

“The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence—these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.”

Albert Einstein

(Einstein, Albert. The World as I See It: BN Publishing, 2007. Digital, p. 89.)


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Every1Counts: Day 45

May 14, 2018   29 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-FIVE DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND THREE DAYS, OF THE OMER


What being Jewish means to me are the stories in the Torah, and the lessons we learn from them.  It is the holidays we spend with family and the traditions we hand down generation to generation.  It is the respect and responsibility for each other and ourselves that our parents and grandparents taught us.  It’s about knowing when you’re all together that you will spend the first 15 minutes talking about the route you took to get there and the last 45 minutes just saying goodbye.

I like that being Jewish is about following ideas and values—not following one person.  I like that Judaism encourages questions and dialogue, not blind faith.

Being Jewish is being constantly evolving but rooted deeply in the past.

Melissa Baer


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Every1Counts: Day 44

May 13, 2018   28 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-FOUR DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND TWO DAYS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish to me means helping my own children and my students find their personal joy and connection to our rich and vibrant tradition. To see and feel its wisdom and beauty and to celebrate it and to grow from it as a citizen of the world.

Rabbi Allison


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Every1Counts: Days 42 & 43 (a double portion because it will soon be Shabbat) – copy

May 11, 2018   26 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY TWO DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS, OF THE OMER


Being Jewish means having a community such as our TBA community to call home – a place that is so much more than a house of worship – it’s our home…complete with our second family where together we celebrate our simchas and also help one another through the toughest of times. TBA is both our house of worship and a second home.

The Wilson Family


MAY 12, 2018    27 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-THREE DAYS, WHICH IS SIX WEEKS AND ONE DAY, OF THE OMER

*We are posting this response today, so you do not have to use your computer/phone on Shabbat.


Being Jewish is my identity just as it is being an American woman. It is also my connection to all of the generations of Jews who came before me since we share many of the same experiences. The idea of appreciating not eating on Yom Kippur to understand what that may be like for another person (even though we know there is a break-fast to go to), or to enjoy the simple beauty of lighting candles, and the shared experience of eating Matzah for a week. My Grandmother exemplified this feeling when during her last days she shared that she wasn’t sure who or where she was, but she knew she was Jewish.

J.M.


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Every1Counts: Day 41

May 10, 2018   25 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY-ONE DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND SIX DAYS, OF THE OMER


To me, Being Jewish means being in a story that’s over 5000 years old, and 100 years old, and happening now. It means being free and grateful. It means being connected to a community that is obliged to making the world better, less broken

Jonathan Gleit


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Every1Counts: Day 40

May 9, 2018   24 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS FORTY DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND FIVE DAYS, OF THE OMER


To me, being Jewish means:

  • Knowing that I am part of a chain of tradition that goes back generations
  • Knowing that I am not the last link in the chain
  • Feeling comfortable that I can enter a sanctuary anywhere in the world and know what is going on and how to participate
  • Feeling guilty that I do not go more often
  • Being proud to be of Am Yisrael
  • Appreciating foods that everyone loves (brisket, bagels, blintz, babka) and foods that everyone loves to hate (borsht, herring, gefilte fish, chopped liver)
  • Taking to heart that it is my responsibility to help repair the world
  • Being an active member of our community

Herb Baer


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Every1Counts: Day 39

May 8, 2018   23 Iyar, 5778

TONIGHT IS THIRTY-NINE DAYS, WHICH IS FIVE WEEKS AND FOUR DAYS, OF THE OMER


What being Jewish means to me is telling the story of my family’s plight during the Holocaust.  To help educate future generations and keep their memories alive.

M. Gyory


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