This Shabbat is Erev Mother’s Day. Perhaps in honor of our mothers, we should change the name of this week’s Parasha from Emor to Emah. The messages of this week’s Parasha could certainly come from our mothers.
It focuses on understanding that we as Jews are all role models. That is our mission. Our system of justice recognizes that our actions surely have consequences and the punishments must be just and fit the crime. We also gain the insights of sanctifying time and of the importance of being in the moment mentally as well as physically. All of our holidays, times we spend together as families, worshipping together, coming to the Temple are detailed. Doesn’t that sound like something your mother would tell you?
Being in synagogue this Shabbat would certainly make our mothers (whether still with us or of blessed memory) very proud.
Since our Parasha goes to great length and detail about our holy days, we will be learning this Shabbat with one of our Steinsaltz Program Ambassadors on the subject of “The Holidays: Change and Renewal.” We will begin at 9:45 a.m. and finish in time for the Sermon. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.
Make your Emah proud.