Blog

127http://www.beth-israel.org/blog/2012/12/Rabbi-Lyon%27s-Blog---12_28_2012
Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 12_28_2012
12/27/2012 07:00 AM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
December 28, 2012

 

If you look through the daily news, you’ll actually find many examples of good deeds (mitzvot) and acts of lovingkindness (gemilut chasadim). On Christmas day, Congregation Beth Israel participated in a number of mitzvah programs that relieved caregivers and service workers on their holiday.

                Early Christmas morning, my family and I joined one group of Beth Israel members assembled at Ronald McDonald House. Together, we brought waffles, eggs, bagels, fruit, turkey bacon, doughnuts, paper goods, and lots of heart and soul. For an hour, we prepped the food, cooked the eggs and bacon, and waited for residents and families to come down the stairs for a Christmas morning breakfast.  At 9:30am, parents and children lined up to take a plate and fill it with some great food cooked with lots of loving hands. We eagerly filled their plates with eggs, tortillas, fruit and chocolate-chip waffles. And, all of us wished the hungry families “Merry Christmas!” How often do we get to do that? While they ate and enjoyed a quiet morning, David Weinstein regaled everyone on the piano. He played all the familiar Christmas and holiday songs. Children joined him at the piano with small hands playing the parts he taught them to find with one or two fingers. When the food line was quiet, we walked among the families and greeted them, personally. Some told their stories readily, and others, who didn’t speak much English, smiled kindly.

                Standing with Melvyn Wolff, he told me that when he had been at Ronald McDonald House during a regular weekday he observed something special. Next to the communal dining room, there is a large prep kitchen divided into six stations. In each one, families can bring their own food and cook it in their own style. The hope is that families will feel better preparing and eating their own comfort foods. It’s part of Ronald McDonald House’s charm that families should feel at home even when they can’t be. On days when multiple families are cooking at the same time in their own stations, oftentimes diverse recipes are cooked by men and women who speak different languages. A German-speaking family cooking their recipes might be stationed next to a Spanish-speaking family. They have more in common than is easily observed. Even without a common language, they share smiles, interest in each other’s dishes, tastes and good wishes. Health crises spare no one and food brings everyone together.

                In short order, our work was done. We boxed and bagged the extras. We wiped the tables and took out the trash. We thanked each other for helping and we made our way home. The rest of the day for us would be nothing compared to the families who still had to contemplate what tomorrow would bring as doctors’ visits and treatments continued. Our prayers go with them for all they need and all their children deserve.

                Congregation Beth Israel is a can-do synagogue. Thank you to everyone who made a difference this year on Christmas Day. Every day is Mitzvah Day, but some days make an extra-special difference.

                From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and Shabbat Shalom.

Blog Search

Categories

Archives

201806June3
June 2018 (3)
201805May3
May 2018 (3)
201804April4
April 2018 (4)
201803March5
March 2018 (5)
201802February4
February 2018 (4)
201801January4
January 2018 (4)
201712December4
December 2017 (4)
201711November2
November 2017 (2)
201710October2
October 2017 (2)
201708August3
August 2017 (3)
201707July4
July 2017 (4)
201706June4
June 2017 (4)
201705May2
May 2017 (2)
201704April3
April 2017 (3)
201703March4
March 2017 (4)
201702February3
February 2017 (3)
201701January3
January 2017 (3)
201612December4
December 2016 (4)
201611November3
November 2016 (3)
201610October3
October 2016 (3)
201609September4
September 2016 (4)
201608August2
August 2016 (2)
201607July5
July 2016 (5)
201606June2
June 2016 (2)
201605May3
May 2016 (3)
201604April4
April 2016 (4)
201603March3
March 2016 (3)
201602February2
February 2016 (2)
201601January4
January 2016 (4)
201512December4
December 2015 (4)
201511November3
November 2015 (3)
201510October2
October 2015 (2)
201509September2
September 2015 (2)
201508August4
August 2015 (4)
201507July5
July 2015 (5)
201506June4
June 2015 (4)
201505May2
May 2015 (2)
201504April5
April 2015 (5)
201503March3
March 2015 (3)
201502February4
February 2015 (4)
201501January4
January 2015 (4)
201412December3
December 2014 (3)
201411November3
November 2014 (3)
201410October4
October 2014 (4)
201409September2
September 2014 (2)
201408August3
August 2014 (3)
201407July3
July 2014 (3)
201406June3
June 2014 (3)
201405May3
May 2014 (3)
201404April4
April 2014 (4)
201403March3
March 2014 (3)
201402February4
February 2014 (4)
201401January5
January 2014 (5)
201312December3
December 2013 (3)
201311November3
November 2013 (3)
201310October4
October 2013 (4)
201309September2
September 2013 (2)
201308August5
August 2013 (5)
201307July4
July 2013 (4)
201306June4
June 2013 (4)
201305May5
May 2013 (5)
201304April4
April 2013 (4)
201303March4
March 2013 (4)
201302February4
February 2013 (4)
201301January5
January 2013 (5)
201212December4
December 2012 (4)
201211November5
November 2012 (5)
201210October4
October 2012 (4)
201209September2
September 2012 (2)
201208August5
August 2012 (5)
201207July4
July 2012 (4)
201206June3
June 2012 (3)
201205May5
May 2012 (5)
201204April4
April 2012 (4)
201203March5
March 2012 (5)
201202February4
February 2012 (4)
201201January4
January 2012 (4)
201112December5
December 2011 (5)
201111November3
November 2011 (3)
201110October3
October 2011 (3)
201109September4
September 2011 (4)
201108August4
August 2011 (4)
201107July3
July 2011 (3)
201106June4
June 2011 (4)
201105May4
May 2011 (4)
201104April4
April 2011 (4)
201103March5
March 2011 (5)
201102February4
February 2011 (4)
201101January4
January 2011 (4)
201012December5
December 2010 (5)
201011November4
November 2010 (4)
201010October5
October 2010 (5)
201009September2
September 2010 (2)
201008August2
August 2010 (2)
201006June3
June 2010 (3)
201005May5
May 2010 (5)
201004April3
April 2010 (3)
Captavi QixSuite™ - Hosted Marketing Automation Software ©