Soaring High Above the Clouds

Shalom Friends,

Comfortable and relaxed, it is Memorial Day, and I’m soaring high above the clouds.  Hayley and I are returning from a family simcha, a cousin’s wedding in Atlanta.  It was a rare, complete weekend off without our children, and as I write, we are comfortably and

Beach scene at San Francisco.

“We don’t need eyes to truly see, but rather, vision.”

quietly savoring our fleeting moments of relaxation (even as flying for many people is just the opposite experience).  The beverage cart has just revived me with a fresh cup of coffee and peanuts, and I stare out the window into the expanse of the sky.

As I do so, one word comes to mind, “change.”  And then, a few related mantras pop up like little thought bubbles. “Come gather round people wherever you roam…oh the times they are a changing.”   “Change is inevitable and sometimes hard.”  “The only real constant in life is change.”  These all ring true on several levels, and make me think back to my cousin’s wedding yesterday.  I learned a new and beautiful insight on the seven circles that a bride makes around her groom before they approach the huppa, which forever changes their lives.  These circles can represent seven levels or spheres of love, which we hope to ascend over time with our loving partners.  Similarly, several levels or spheres of change encircle us.

In time, we are moving in seasons, shifting from Spring to Summer, and from the SF Sunset sunshine to more and imminent fog.  In Jewish time we are already moving to the very early approach this year of Rosh Hashana 5774 on September 4.

In our community, we honor the valuable service of our immediate past President, Pete Gleichenhaus, and we celebrate and our honor our new President, Bonnie Lindauer.  We are grateful for her steadfast dedication to B’nai Emunah, and look forward to her inspiring leadership.  A new and exciting “you tube” video, which captures the essence of our welcoming and friendly community, is currently in production and will soon be released for our website.  And, our new sustainability task force is currently studying the demographic details of our community life with an eye towards exploring visions and models for our future together.  We are hard at work, asking essential questions like, “Where do we want our community to be in 3, 5 and 10 years, and, how do we get there?”

Looking again out the window, now down upon the mountains of Utah, a line of graffiti I remember well from my time of living in Jerusalem, crosses my mind.  “We don’t need eyes to truly see, but rather, vision.”

In our Jewish lives, we sit in our homes, and we walk upon our ways, and in these spiritual postures it can be helpful to ask these very same questions.  “Where do we want to be in 3, 5 and 10 years, and, how do we get there?”  We live our day to day lives on the ground, but often it can be helpful to get away, whether it’s a walk or hike, a drive, or a flight 18,000 feet above the ground.  Each trip holds the potential to be an opportunity for a fresh perspective.  In our day to day we can sometimes lose the forest for the trees, but when we take time for visioning, then we not only get a chance to see the forest, but we soar high above the clouds

Happy Summer,

Rabbi Mark Melamut

About Gabriele Lange

Multi Media Consultant in SF Bay Area WebDesign at City College 2008-2011 Professional Photographer since 1998 Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1987-1994
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1 Response to Soaring High Above the Clouds

  1. says:

    Nice comments as always – Meanwhile, Janis and I stayed with friends on LI during our visit to NYC – saw some of the terrible damage from Sandy – Anne who went with us stayed with my 95 year old sister in Flushing. My sister is very alert mentally but has physical problems. Also caught up with my childhood friend at the Museum of Natural History on my Upper West Side of Manhattan – lots of reminiscing . Your “airplane” thoughts reminded me of the famous French expression – “Plus Ca Change – Plus La Meme Chose” – The more things change the more they stay the same . See you and all at Services and of course the Minyan – Myron and Janis

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