"Life is not a race but a journey to be savored each step of the way." (Unknown)
Our lives are marked by sacred moments of transition: New life, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage, moving to a new home, changing jobs, choosing Judaism and passing from this life into the next. OHEL looks forward to celebrating all of your lifecycle milestones with you. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, getting married or celebrating the life of a loved one - your OHEL community is here for you.
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לא טוב היות האדם לבדו It is not good for a person to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
And so we seek our life partner, our soul mate, our other half. The Torah describes this life partner as an ezer k’negdo, “a helpmate opposite” or “against.” The deep insight here is that when two people are truly in love they challenge each other to become the people they are meant to be. Love in Judaism isn’t just about “till death do us part” - it’s about bringing sanctity and meaning to this moment, right here, right now.
Bringing together two souls in marriage is so important that we are taught that marriage is an act of tikkun olam - repairing the world!
In THE TENT Rabbi David is committed to making your wedding celebration a unique expression of who you are while infusing meaningful Jewish customs and traditions.
Moving into a new house is both an exciting and anxious time. We all hope, of course, that this structure will not just be our house - but our home. Judaism helps us create a home by giving us rituals and symbols that help us sanctify the space in which we live and mark it as uniquely Jewish.
These rituals and symbols are celebrated through a chanukat habayit or dedication of the home.
A chanukat habayit doesn’t have a fixed liturgy. But the affixing of the mezuzah is most often the centerpiece of the celebration.
What a joy to move into a new home! In THE TENT we're here to help and celebrate with you. Need help unpacking? Reach out to us. Want to put up a mezuzah? Rabbi David can help with that also!
What an amazing gift a new life is. In the Jewish tradition, a new baby is not just a blessing, but also a new expression of God's grace on earth. Jewish tradition teaches that each new life has the possibility of helping to bring about the Messianic time and so it is with great joy that we celebrate each and every new child.
While baby boys have been welcomed into the Jewish family with brit milah (covenant of circumcision) since the time of Abraham, girls celebrations are relatively new. Old or new, both are beautiful and both invite us to celebrate the gift of life.
In THE TENT we celebrate as a community every new life. Rabbi David is available to help you plan your brit (for a boy) or simchat bat (for a girl). Contact him for more information.
Becoming a Bar (for a boy) or Bat (for a daughter) Mitzvah is one of the most significant and popular Jewish lifecycle events. Literally Bar/Bat Mitzvah means, "son or daughter of the commandments." The origin of this celebration at the age of thirteen is a teaching in the section of the Rabbinic text from the 3rd century - the Mishnah. In the tractate Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers 5:21) we learn that at the age of thirteen, young men and women become responsible for discovering the role of mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) in their lives.
In THE TENT, becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah isn't just a milestone it is a celebration of all you have learned and all the mitzvot you now get to do! We tailor each celebration to the child and family to make sure that your personal connection to your Judaism is front and center.
There is a tradition that 3,000 years ago when God gave us the Torah on Mount Sinai - that every Jewish soul that ever was and ever would be was present. We can learn from this that there are people in our world who have Jewish souls although they may consider themselves Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or otherwise.
Through the process of conversion, those Jewish souls and the beautiful people who house them are allowed to find full expression and joy in living a Jewish life.
In THE TENT we welcome all people who are Jewish, on the path to conversion or who are just spiritual seekers who find Judaism meaningful. If you are interested in formal conversion, Rabbi David and THE TENT family are here to support you.