Rabbi Akiva and Rachel changed their future because of love. The power of love has played out in special ways this week at CJDS. It began with the marriage of Judaic Studies teacher Lianne Gross to Robbie Philipp, as we hosted Sheva Brachot (the traditional celebratory seven blessings meal) at our faculty meeting on Wednesday.
Around school, our teachers designed beautiful classroom banners that reflect our theme. On Thursday morning, our middle school celebrated the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of Noam, son of Rabbi David and Sara Wolkenfeld. During the week, we extended our love through support and consolation to Assistant Head of School Jill Kushnir LeVee and her family as we attended the funeral of Jill’s father, Allen Kushnir, z”l. The CJDS community, comprised of present and former colleagues, board members, parents, and friends contributed to an outpouring of love at the funeral and shiva house.
So, why should we be commanded to love? I believe it’s because love is the common thread connecting these types of life cycle events, and we lift each other up by conveying our love and support for others - in simchas and in difficult times.
As you enter Shabbat this week, I encourage you to focus on the ones you love, as well as those around you who might need a bit of your love. If we all demonstrate love as we did this week at CJDS, we do our part to make the world a better place.
This is merely the beginning of how our theme will evolve throughout the year. We look forward to watching how our students will embrace and actualize this powerful concept.