Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. (Psalms 126:5)
On Saturday night, the Chisuk Emuna family celebrated its continued vitality and its progress towards realizing its dream of increased spiritual vibrancy in a new spiritual home. What a joyful and energizing evening!
On Sunday afternoon, we took another step in the journey of rebuilding and reenergizing by gathering to bury a Torah scroll and hundreds of prayerbooks and chumashim lost in the fire and another Torah and scores of additional books and sacred materials worn from years of use. What a poignant and powerful experience. Oh, how we worked together to pay respect to our precious scrolls and texts and Jewish tradition.
Each gathering reflected the precious qualities of our precious congregational family – warmth, camaraderie, teamwork, unity of purpose, reverence for Jewish tradition, humility and gratitude.
Below are some photos from this precious night and day.
Just as we have gathered in tears, may G-d bless us with many more opportunities to gather in joy.