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Quote of the month...NEVITIM-Hebrew. Kabbalistic term. No exact English translation. Approx. meaning-the moment in between a seed being a seed and being a plant. The moment in between the bud and the flower. A moment of “nothingness”…the moment of “perpetual becoming”.
A new dynamic Shabbat service alternative announced by Beit Lama-Loh for 2014! Please read below and share!
+Next date 21st of February (9:30) @ KEDEM's King David School Site, Melbourne
This is a very exciting time for the Beit Lama-Loh community. With the indispensable help of the very innovative and forward thinking congregation KEDEM, we have launched a series of unique incremental Shabbat services geared towards those families who have had challenges connected with the tradition Shabbat service. This series of services will commence Saturday, June 7th continuing, one per school term, throughout the school year and will be called The Nevitim Tefillah.
I have two children on the spectrum, they are autistic. This, at times, makes it very challenging to attend “traditional” services (the “traditional” in quotation marks is very intentional since the structure of communal worship that is articulated today is not necessarily traditional Judicially when considering our long a varied history). Rabbi Mendel of Kostk would summon his community to services. They would awake, wash, dress, eat, gather and walk to the Beit Knesset. There they would commence with the niggun, tunes, and then, finally they commenced the Tefillah, service. A mere five minutes into the first series of prayers the Kostker told them they were finished and to go and rejoice by having some vodka. The rabbi saw the role of Tefillah as the act of drawing closer to G-d. He also realized that the community was drawing closer to G-d with each and every action of preparing for the Tefillah. That the waking, washing, dressing, eating, gathering and walking were all sacred articulations of drawing closer to G-d. That since all their actions had the Beit Knesset gathering as the goal then the apparent 5 to 10 minute service was actually a much longer form of worship only ending with the “traditional” service.
It is with the Kostker Rebbe in mind that we ask the question, “How long does a service need to be?” and “How can we customize a service in order to create an entrance for those who find “traditional” services a stumbling block between them and communal prayer?” Well, how long is a piece of string?
Back to my kids…remember my kids? Let us give them names, for naming something or someone mandates us to validate and care for them…their spiritual well-being is our communal job, they are Reuvi and Gavi. They are both five years old, yes twins. Both on the spectrum…and as different as night and day. Both are drawn to services, albeit differently. Both have huge challenges when faced with “traditional” services. Both have a G-d bestowed right to have an entrance for a communal drawing closer to the Source of All Being. And it is our Mitzvah to try and create that entrance whenever and where ever possible. There have been moments when Reuvi and Gavi have thrived at services and that has been the scaffolding for the structure of our Nevitim services. Here is, in a nutshell the bullet points…
· The location of the service will be the same each and every gathering to insure that everyone gets familiar with the environment.
· The starting time of 9:30 will be consistent and services will commence on time…seriously. This will allow families to maximize the positive potential of knowing each family member’s “ internal time piece”. No waiting time.
· A short, focused service. Starting at 10 minutes during the first gathering. This, 10 minutes, will be dedicated to a selection of songs. It will be encouraged that everyone move and create noise. There will be no requirement to sit or be quite. The idea is that everyone, for the 10 minutes, remains within earshot of the songs. The incremental aspect of the series is that the length of the service will increase by five minutes each term as the community’s comfort level grows.
· After the “Tefillah” we will break bread together and have informal activities that will be community building in nature.
I would like to commend the KEDEM board, especially Caryn Granick and Zoe London, for not only having the vision and courage to partner with Beit Lama-Loh, but also supply the location and logistical support which is making this endeavour possible.
So, if you have someone within your family with an unique life situation that has in the past blocked this entrance to articulating their spirit please join us or if you know of anyone within the community that might be interested in this please pass this information to them.
For further information please feel free to contact Director of Beit Lama-Loh, Tal Spinrad at 0437569863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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