Weekly reflections

Life, but not as we know it….

Rabbi Richard’s thought for the week 10/7/20

One of the mis-rememberings of modern culture is that Mr. Spock in Star Trek did not actually say “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it” According to those who are Trekkies, the closest actual quote from a script had Spock saying, “It is not life as we know or understand it.”

This phrasing matches my feelings at this very strange time, when we are all experiencing something that “is not life as we know or understand it.” My guess is that for at least some of you, the experience of some things resembling ‘normal’ life, coupled with other things that we had not in any way anticipated, is unsettling and anxiety-provoking.

There are life cycle events happening – we can wish a mazal tov to Clare and Adam Crego on the birth of Jacob Joseph Maxwell Crego (I’ll return to his name in a moment) a few weeks ago, and we also join those saddened by the death, at the age of 93, of Rabbi Willy Wolff z”l. He was a remarkable journalist who became a rabbi, much loved by all who knew him. Details of prayers on Sunday evening are included below.

The names Jacob and Joseph are integral to the Torah portion we shall be studying in tomorrow morning’s service. It is the beginning of a story of a tangled set of family relationships. Such stories are timeless, because human emotions are still the same as they were thousands of years ago. It is just the environment and the stimuli that trigger them that have changed. In this weird time, we are all over-stimulated by triggers. Shabbat offers us a chance to slow down, reduce the number of triggers and calm ourselves – join us tonight or tomorrow and perhaps our services and activities can continue to help us all feel rested and refreshed.

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Richard Jacobi

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