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Friday night Shabbat services start 7:30 PM               followed by an Oneg                                                   Saturday services start 10:30 AM

Services held at Temple Shalom                                   4023 Belle Terre Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC  29579                             843-903-6634

Temple Rabbi David Weissman

Temple President Lily Ann Revitch


   

Rabbi David Weissman

 

The story is told about a man who attends services on the High Holidays, but never or just occasionally comes to services during the rest of the year.  The man dies and comes before the Heavenly Court and the decision has to be made as to whether the man is worthy of being granted eternal life.  The prosecutor’s goal is to prove that this man is not worthy of being granted eternal life because in his life on earth he rarely expressed his gratitude to God for granting him the gift of life. He didn’t show his gratitude to God for being granted a life on earth.  And the prosecutor asks the man:  "While you lived on earth, did you demonstrate your gratitude to your Creator for the gift of life?  Did you thank God for providing you with a consciousness, with a self-awareness of your own existence?  No one is entitled to a life. Life is a gift from God.   Did you attend synagogue services on a regular basis to thank God for the blessing of life which was bestowed upon you?  You had time for your weekly mahjongg or canasta or other card games.  You had time for your favorite weekly television programs.  You had time to watch football or baseball or basketball games.  But did you make time, on a regular basis, to attend Shabbat services to thank God for being alive?  Did you show your gratitude to God?  Or were you an ingrate who would rarely take the time to express your gratitude to God by attending  services with any degree of regularity – despite the fact that you made time for all these other activities?  Why is it that all these other activities were more important to  you than regularly thanking God for being granted the gift of life?"

     The prosecutor continues, "The observant Orthodox Jew thanks God for his life by praying three times a day.  He says a blessing thanking God every time he eats food.  And yet you couldn’t find the time to attend services just once a week to thank God.  You couldn’t find the time to attend services for the various Jewish holidays throughout the year.  All the other activities were more important to you than thanking God for the gift of a life on earth."  And so, the prosecutor  states, "You are unworthy of being granted eternal life."

            If you were this man standing before the heavenly court which would determine whether you are worthy of being granted eternal life, how would you defend yourself against these charges?

 

Rabbi Weissman                                                                                                                                               


FROM THE PRESIDENT:

Dear Temple Shalom Members & Friends, 

As we start the new Jewish year I want to wish each of you good health for you and your families. 

I think this High Holiday will go down in the history book of Temple Shalom. As many of you know we lost our electricity and air conditioning as well as the use of rest rooms. Services went on as planned by decree of our Rabbi. On Erev Yom Kip-pur the Rabbi conducted service by flashlight. Quite an experi-ence! We had the light that God provides, but no air or rest rooms. We carried on, as is our tradition. Plans for the Break the Fast were changed. A vote of gratitude to Irene Klein for providing a take home bag to each congregate who had reserva-tions for the break the fast. To know we have thoughtful and wonderful members that rise to the challenge is heartwarming. 

David Stoller on the ground and Gabe Brenner on the phone worked diligently with each other to make sure that the work would get done to restore our Temple with light and air condi-tioning. Again ,without them, how would we manage. We have been blessed with so many good people in our congregation. 

We can look forward to another successful year with adult edu-cation, Shelley Foels’ Bat- Mitzvah, Sisterhood, Mah Jongg Marathon . and so many other programs and celebrations. 

Thank you to Mary Weissman for helping in so many ways. To our Board of Directors, and far from last, Rabbi David Weiss-man.

Lily Ann Revitch                                                                                                              

President