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Tradition, Tradition

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 12:54 pm

I will begin with a quote from Tevya: How do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition! fiddler on the roof

One of the many traditions of the Jewish people is to study Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the fathers), one chapter (of six) per Shabbat between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot, the weeks of the Omer counting. 
Each week until Shavuot, the “word from the Rabbi” in the weekly email, will focus on a concept which is mentioned in that week’s chapter.

Chapter 1 begins with the chain of the Torah from Mount Sinai to the time of the Mishna. Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua --> the Elders --> the Prophets --> the Great Assembly. One of the messages of documenting this chain is to teach us that there is a source to our traditions.

There is a story told of a family that had a tradition to cook the roast in two pots. One of the children, let us call her Faiga, came to her Mother one day, shortly before Passover asking why? Why cook in two pots when you can just use a bigger pot? “This is our family tradition” her mother said. ”If you want to know more, call Bubby (Grandma).” Faiga, being the inquisitive child she was, didn’t wait and called her Bubby. Her Bubby’s answer was because in Russia the pot couldn’t hold an entire roast.

There are many family traditions that have sources because the roast didn’t fit into our “bubby’s pot”. But the Jewish traditions, customs and mitzvot that we do, or aspire to do, have a source to them. As Tevye says; “And because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is, and what G-d expects him to do.”

Is there a tradition or Mitzvah you want more information about? Are you looking for a tangible way to add spirituality to your life? Do you want to know more about a specific subject?

Just reply to this email - its that easy

Have a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 
P.S. A fiddler on the roof.http://youtu.be/gRdfX7ut8gw

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