This was my final Shabbat at The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah. I used this opportunity to thank the congregation for enriching my three years in the community and to reflect on the power and importance of strengthening one another at times of transition and adventure. Chazak, chazak, v'nitchazek -- Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another!
What is the source of health? And what is the source of healing? Our tradition teaches us to turn to human healers when their expertise can help us. At the same time, we are urged to remember the divine Source of healing from which these experts draw. As Abraham Joshua Heschel teaches, "The doctor is God’s partner in the struggle between life and death. Religion is medicine in the form of a prayer; medicine is prayer in the form of a deed."
“To be effective, the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people.”