Saturday, January 22, 2005

Shabbat Shira -- Another Miracle

Once again, the service came together, this year despite the threat of a winter storm. God intervened to tune the violins and we made beautiful music.

I was concerned that the only audience might be those somehow related to the orchestra and choir members. But in fact most Temple Micah regulars turned out despite the snow for this yearly musical extravaganza.

As we concluded When You Believe/Ashira L’Adonai (from Out of Egypt), which featured our youngest singers, I looked out and saw several adults wiping tears from their eyes. The theme of the song is “There can be miracles when you believe” – a good thing to remember.

We ended the service with a rip-roaring-rocking Finkelstein Mi Chamocha. We had once again pulled off a miraculous service in the face of atmospheric adversity and were ready to deal with the now fast-falling snow.

The faces in the audience today reminded me of what a diverse and accepting congregation Temple Micah is. Among them were: Neil with his new boyfriend, looking ecstatic; Sabrina, who is black and gay and recently converted to Judaism; Jody with her bi-racial toddler in her arms; and one of the musicians’ fathers, with long gray hair past his shoulders. What an eclectic group of people! The truth is that no one even notices how very different we all are. It’s the differences that totally enrich this congregation.

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