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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 03_30_2012
03/29/2012 10:12 AM Posted by:

From the desk of Rabbi David Lyon
March 30, 2012

 

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Beatles Shabbat rocked. If you were one of the 1400 who attended, it was a unique experience at Beth Israel that felt like nothing before. Cantor Daniel Mutlu brought us his gifts of music and musicianship. If you closed your eyes you would have thought you were at a Beatles bar mitzvah. Who knew Paul McCartney could sing in Hebrew, right? The celebration we shared was found in the synergy between our modern tastes and cultural connections and our desire to be nourished at Temple in relevant and joyful ways. No one was unaffected; no one left unfed. That’s not to say that we can sustain ourselves on a steady diet of Beatles Shabbat or Journey Shabbat or BeeGees Shabbat (just think), but in moderation even a decadent dessert isn’t unhealthy.

                The musical vision for Beth Israel is underlined by a goal for engaging and inspiring music. That leaves the door wide open for Cantor Mutlu to share his love for music that ranges from classical secular, traditional Jewish, Jewish folk, and modern and pop music, to mention just a few. His range is wide and his knowledge is deep.

Every Friday night has become a sacred hour (just an hour) to take a step away from the week’s challenges and step into the sounds that inspire us to reach higher as individuals and as a congregation. It affects me, too. I enjoy worship services weekly, but there is something special about anticipating the musical notes and care with which Cantor Mutlu offers his prayers through song.

                I didn’t have to urge you to come to Beatles Shabbat. You got the message. But, I want you think about what you want to feel at the end of every week? It isn’t stress. It isn’t just relief after a long week. Maybe it’s gladness? Inspiration? Sounds and hopes you didn’t hear or feel during the week? If these are just some of the wants and needs you desire, then you’re not alone. Worship at Beth Israel has become the “place to be”. The chapel and sanctuary are special places to come and recharge your spiritual batteries. They are renewable.

                If you’ll permit me, I also want to ask you what your recharged spiritual batteries might enable you to accomplish in a new week? Just maybe, if you feel full inside, if your soul is nourished, then you’ll have more patience for your family, more energy for work and challenges in the office, more time to lend a hand, and a more generous outlook to make a difference where you can. No one feels like doing more than they already are when they’re feeling personally depleted. The joy of Shabbat at Beth Israel, whether the Beatles are here or not, is, in my opinion, the stuff we need to feel full again. A hungry soul is weak. A nourished soul is capable of more than we know.

                So, twist and shout, tap your feet, and “imagine” what Shabbat can do for you and then for others. Beginning with Jazz Shabbat in August, we will hold a special music service every 4th Friday of the month throughout the year. To underwrite the extra cost or to support the music program at Beth Israel, please let us know. When the Psalmist wrote, “Sing unto God a new song!” he had no idea what he was starting. Let’s not disappoint the Psalmist; Let’s keep the spirit going.

                From my family to yours, Shabbat Shalom.

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