17/18 May 2019, 12/13 Iyar 5779

Today as I write is the 26th day of the Omer. This week we focus on KAVOD respect or honour.  KVD in Hebrew is the root or shoresh which also means heavy. The act of honouring is a reminder to be heavy and grounded and consider those who pass before us. We have put together a short film and history of FPS to remember where we have come from and where we are going. Recalling those founding families of FPS; the Levys, Mundys, Zimmermans and Slaters .  Our synagogue is more than the building that holds us but the people who have passed through contributed and been looked after by the folk of this community.

It’s nice to be reminded of who we honour, who’s shoulders we climb on daily. This week’s Torah portion Bahar challenges us with a simple theology that suggests good behaviour will always be rewarded.
If you walk in my statutes, keep my commandments and do them; then I will give you rain in the rights season and the land shall yield…. (26:3-4)

Whilst that is not always fulfilled in ways we can comprehend. What is true is that honouring those who came before us, who created and considered legacies for us deserve our respect.

Shabbat Shalom dear members and wishing you well.

Rabbi Rebecca