Friday, September 11, 2015

Reason and Rhyme


From the pages of Kadima, the newsletter of Congregation Adas Emuno:

A Message From Our President

Dr. Lance Strate

Reason and Rhyme

Some of you may know that I published a book of poetry earlier this year (it's called Thunder at Darwin Station), and most of you probably know that we have a Poetry Garden group that meets every month, in our lovely garden if the weather permits, and otherwise in our social hall. And with that in mind, I thought that for my column in Kadima this time around, I'd write a little bit of light verse about Adas Emuno. It may not be any better than a Hallmark greeting card, but Rosh Hashanah is coming up soon, and some of us do send cards out at this time, so why not? Here it is:

Community gives us shelter from the storm
Our congregation, welcoming and warm
New and old, join hand in hand
Gathering together to take a stand
Renewing faith and commitment
Enjoying friendship and fulfillment
Gaining insight and understanding
As our hearts and souls expanding
Take our spirit ever higher
In preserving our most ancient fire
Our ever-evolving legacy
Nourishing our identity

A house of worship and of learning
Demonstrating and affirming
A commitment to heal creation
Social justice our persuasion

Education our sacred birthright
Minds are opened with delight
Uplifting our children, raised with love
Now soaring high up above
Our community, that's what I'm speaking of

(Adas Emuno, it's such a simple equation
It's just who we are, our very own little congregation)

You may have noticed that the poem is also a bit of an acrostic, a format with a long tradition in Hebrew poetry, one that is also a part of the High Holy Day liturgy. After all, we are the People of the Book, and also the People of the Alphabet.

And I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and happy new year. May you and your family be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year, a sweet year, a prosperous year. And may 5776 be a great year for us all, as a community and as a congregation.

P.S., here's a link to the book on Amazon:

And remember that any of your purchases made directly through any link on our blog or through the Amazon search box on the right will return a small percentage to our congregation. Please keep that mind whenever you are ordering anything from Amazon.

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