Shammai said: Receive all people cheerfully.
- Ethics of the Fathers 1:15
Mark and I arrived at Beth Messiah for my practice reading.
And I had to quickly hurry out the door.
Dust. From the walls, the floor, dried paint, sheet rock dust.
I have asthma.
So, after I got my breath back, we went into the Rabbi's office to practice. Howard, Melissa, Mark and Rabbi were so loving and patience as I worked my way through the nerves and then slowly, began to take ownership of the Torah.
This is my Book, G-d's Word to me.
And I knew it! I could look at the words and find my place in the scroll and read the hebrew! I understood the words, the meaning. And as I sang them, filling the air with the Word of Torah, they took on light and life.
Last year, I was overcome with emotion and teared up.
Tonight, a peace came over me. I could feel Mark's smile as I chanted, knowing he shall be at my side Shabbat.
Last year, when I was called to the Torah, Mark was in Iraq. I sang my portion (the same one I am doing this Shabbat) over the phone.
This time, Mark will be here with me.
And that is the best part.