Spirituality

Life is filled with Light. In Genesis, God creates Light on the very first day of Creation:  Let There Be Light!

Each one of us has the capacity to find this Light right here and now, in our everyday lives. For centuries, this has been an inspired knowledge and art of the Jewish People.

Our everyday life experiences can become holy –  distinctly different, unique, separated from the mere mundane.

We can weave enlightened culture into the fabric of our lives, and release the Sparks of Light that are sometimes hidden. It’s a lot like kindling an Eternal Light over the Holy Ark in the sanctuary. But, now the sanctuary is our individual life, our home, our family.

Shabbat is a gift of the Jews to the World. We begin its splendor by releasing Light through a sacred ritual. This marks the separation between our work-a-day week and our rest-full weekend. We are encouraged to release the stress from the week, to refresh ourselves, to re-enliven our mental and physical beings.  We restore the Light, “clean the lantern”, so-to-speak.

Shabbat services at Temple Judea are little holy moments. We offer not just words of prayer, but a living prayer. We join with our community, together, in the spirit of God’s Oneness. We reflect upon the week past. And, most importantly, we prepare ourselves to move forward and improve in the week to come. This is how the experience of God– Goodness Itself– can increase in our lives, week by week.

Jewish holy-days (holidays), especially Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are Light-filled opportunities to fully immerse ourselves in prayer and reflection– with the sacred task of making ourselves better persons. They are filled with Awe, and designed to fill us with Awe.

Torah study, which we share together Shabbat morning, is an opportunity to plunge into the meaning of Torah, as well as learn to apply these, practically, to contemporary life and family.

The study of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, opens the door to even more profound Light, beyond mere words to fully describe. This is an opportunity to meditate and reflect upon the nistar, hidden knowledge and meanings, taught by our Sages. In a very real way, their great spiritual insights are actually expanded by you: Your personal insights and inspirations weave new colors into this ancient Light.

And, of course, who can forget the power and poignancy of Life Cycle Events: weddings, B'nei Mitzvah, and the passing of our loved ones.

New flames. Old flames. Sunrises. Sunsets. Light bringing about more Light, kindled and re-kindled.

Temple Judea is where the everyday, “simple”, cycle of Life becomes more spiritual, more fulfilling.  By embracing all Life and Creation, each and every one of us become Light-seekers and Light-bearers. The World need us!

Make the light even brighter. And share it! 

That’s what we do at Temple Judea, every day.

Temple Judea of Bucks County
38 Rogers Road, PO BOX 109
Furlong, PA 18925
(Please be sure to use the PO Box address for all correspondence)
Phone: 215.348.5022 - Fax: 215.268.3410
email: judea@templejudea.org

Enlightened Judaism is copyrighted by Joel Weiner & Michael Shevack, all rights reserved, 2018