Every life is a once-told tale. Your story is a scripture, and God is the Reader; therefore, we are swept up in a cosmic love affair, whether God cares or not. Despite the nightmare, I will interpret for good and seal this Book of Life with a kiss. O Reader of All Life, wait for me while I am away in battle on earth. I will write every day, and when I return I shan’t leave You again. My actions are a love letter to You. Read it, and weep.
Rabbi Zoe Klein, from Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions (ed. Rabbi Paul Citrin, CCAR Press, 2014)
You cannot be a Jew in a vacuum. Judaism is a ‘group faith,’ which is to say that, in addition do the personal religious experience each of us may have as Jews, we can also share a sense of historic and communal connectedness. We do that by being with other Jews; we do that by appreciating the synagogue as a house of assembly.