In a few hours, Shabbat will begin. Throughout the ages, it has been a time for Jews to rest and reflect. Right now, as we isolate ourselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Shabbat can be an opportunity to count our blessings.
This morning, I heard a man discuss the difference between loneliness and solitude. Loneliness, he said, "sounds like a weakness, like we need company to be happy." He contrasted this with solitude, which is "the strength of being alone." If you are feeling lonely or isolated, please do not hesitate to call me at 317-614-1844. You can also reach me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federation has created a page called "Connect with Purpose." It gives information about services that are available during this time - including worship services which are live-streamed from Beth-El Zedeck, Beth Shalom and Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. The link is:
Please take care of yourself and look for the blessings in your life. There is beauty in our world, even in this time of difficulty.
Cantor Janice Roger
Chaplain, Jewish Family Services