High Holiday letter from Rabbi Saul Oresky                                                   

Dear Friends,

       Phyllis and I are looking forward to again being with our Mishkan Torah extended family as we usher in 5778. May this year be one of blessing, growth, and healing for ourselves, our families, our country, and our world.

As long as we have known Mishkan Torah, it has been characterized by teamwork, warmth, competence, and caring, and all of those qualities will be needed to make the High Holidays spiritually satisfying. The Religious Committee is asking us all at this time to not only fill out and submit all of the correct forms but to commit ourselves to enabling the holidays to come together smoothly. As in all groups, we get from Mishkan Torah what we put into it.

This year brings many challenging and new beginnings – and aren’t all beginnings challenging in their own ways? Yet every challenge bears the potential of growth and positive change. For my family, the new year will bring two weddings, new homes, and, we hope and pray, many other joyous events. May it also bring you and your loved ones joy, health, and fulfillment.

The challenges that Mishkan Torah faces are ones that I believe we can meet, because I know that we still have what we have always had: caring, active members; a building that is both spiritual and functional for all of our various needs; and a supportive larger Greenbelt community. Everyone’s task, as we meet the new year, is to become an ambassador for our congregation to the larger Jewish community. New members and new students in our outstanding Karp Family School are our lifeblood, and we could always use a transfusion! However, satisfying our current members’ needs is just as important, so let us all strive to keep communication lines open and as static-free as possible so that Mishkan Torah will remain our community in all senses of the word. Please feel free to contact me with comments and concerns (and to offer help!) as I transition to being your rabbi.

Little did I believe when I first came to Mishkan Torah in 1975 as a Bar-Bat Mitzvah tutor that someday I would occupy its pulpit, but I could not be prouder and happier to do so.

Phyllis, our children and their significant others, and I wish you a shana tova u’metuka, a happy and sweet year!

                                                                                                                                Rabbi Saul Oresky