Temple Knesset Israel

Words from Our Rabbi


In the Ethics of Our Fathers we are told, "The world exists because of three things; "Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim."   The study of Torah and keeping the mitzvot make the world a better place.  Avodah is translated as "prayer" or "service to G-d" and Gemilut Chasadim are acts of loving kindness.  All three are essential in making the world a better place.  However, these three things came into the world in reverse order.  The world was not ready to receive the Torah until the twenty-sixth generation, after it had learned how to practice hospitality, kindness and prayer.
The flood came upon mankind not because it had abandoned G-d, but rather because the world was filled with "hamas"---  robbery, hatred and inhumanity.  Abraham and Sarah were the first to introduce Gemilut Chasadim to the world.  They cared for people by feeding the hungry and clothing the poor.  They saw this as their duty to G-d.  Abraham pleaded with G-d to spare the wicked sinners of Sodom and Gemorrah.  Only after this kind of compassion is kindled, is the world ready for prayer.  It is Isaac who brings prayer to the forefront for humanity, and it is his son, Jacob who paves the way for Torah to be given.
A synagogue has to embody all three qualities.  We pray and study Torah but it would all be insufficient if we didn't practice acts of loving kindness.  At Knesset Israel we are a small, friendly community where people feel at home almost the instant they enter.  We have a diverse mix of people and we get along very well.  If you are looking for a warm, heimishe shul with traditional values, then Knesset Israel is for you.  Come by for a visit and see for yourself!




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