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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Arnow 7/21/2023

Dear Kol Rinah Family, 

My sermon from last week is available here.  

On Wednesday, I visited 
Camp Ben Frankel, a Jewish overnight camp in southern Illinois.  It was great to see a few Kol Rinah kids there, as well as some Kol Rinah young adults, including the camp's outstanding assistant director and our member Sarah Sherer-Kohlburn, and Guy Dobrin, our shinshin this year (who will be with us next Shabbat (7/29) for the last time before returning to Israel).  

While I missed the rain, it was a VERY rainy morning before I arrived, and the camp was wet--the kids were freshly showered, after an impromptu rain/mud dance party, the ground was saturated, the trees were dripping, and it was humid, with more rain threatening.  That kind of weather can get people down sometimes, But everyone was relaxed, happy, and just enjoying being together.  

Last week, the last part of my time away included visiting two of my kids at 
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.  Ramah Wisconsin and Camp Frankel, while both Jewish overnight camps, are very different from each other in terms of size, length, focus, geography, and Jewish orientation.  

But to paraphrase Tolstoy, all great camps are alike.  

This is to say, at both camps, kids were so happy and comfortable to be themselves and to be with their peers, the counselors and the other adults at camp.  Camp is its own world, and both camps successfully create that safe, inclusive, Jewish world for their kids.  

If you're interested in talking more about camp options for your kids or grandkids, I'd love to talk!  

Wednesday was Rosh Chodesh Av, the beginning of the new month of Av, and the beginning of the period known as " 
The Nine Days," the period leading up to Tisha b'Av (the 9th of Av), which commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.  During this period of the Nine Days, we customarily don't eat meat or drink wine (except on Shabbat), don't do laundry, and don't listen to live music.  

Tonight, we'll sing through Kabbalat Shabbat and ma'ariv a cappella starting at 6pm, with some Tisha b'Av-themed melodies.  Candle lighting is at 8:04pm.  

Tomorrow morning we'll start at 9am as usual, again using some Tisha b'Av melodies.  

Shabbat ends at 9:07pm.  

Tisha b'Av begins Wednesday night. Here's the schedule: 

Wednesday, July 26
6pm mincha on Zoom
8:18pm - fast begins
8:30pm Maariv/Eicha (Lamentations) in the Sanctuary

Thursday, July 27
7am Shacharit in the chapel, followed by a little learning and the reciting of kinot (lamenting liturgical poems)
6pm mincha/maariv on Zoom
8:47pm - fast ends

As a reminder, we abstain on Tisha b'Av, as on Yom Kippur, from eating, drinking, bathing, engaging in intimate relations, and wearing leather.  It's also customary not to greet each other on Tisha b'Av, so if I don't say hi to you that night/day, take no offense.  

Shabbat shalom and see you at shul, 

Rabbi Noah Arnow

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