Emor is Hebrew for the imperative form of 'tell' . As we sit down to our Shabbat tables, or as we go about our lives for the coming week, what are we to tell one another? What will you be sharing about yourself? What will you tell a loved one or a dear friend?
Much of Emor discusses holidays that are well known to us: Yom Kippur, Shavuot, Succot, Pesach, Shabbat. While some of the focus is on the ritual, the main theme is about the sanctity of time. How do we sanctify time? The Rabbis have said that in order to sanctify time, meaning to make it holy, one must understand how precious time is, especially time with those you love. Spending time to build and nurture relationships with those we love is one way we sanctify time, as God wants us to do.
One of the many ways we spend precious time with one another is at our Shabbat dinners. This evening over 20 individuals of all ages and stages are joining together at Rabbi Bravo's home to share Shabbat, to tell stories and simply find meaning in ancient ritual. Please, join us for one of our upcoming Shabbat dinners. More information can be found HERE.
May you have a joyous, healthy Shabbat filled with much "emor".
Rabbi Bravo and Sherry Gutes