Shabbat Shalom Magazine

Written by: Jacques B. Doukhan

The Joy: To Remember and Hope

This is a holy time, a special occasion, in which to enjoy celebration. The feasts help us to remember the past miracle of salvation and to hope for the future.

Pesach, to remember the Exodus and to hope for the Promised Land;

Shavuot, to remember the gift of the first fruits and to hope for the fruit of the garden of Eden;

Yom Kippur, to remember the for­giveness of the Lord and to hope for universal atonement;

Sukkot, to remember our erring in the wilderness and the shek­hinah, and to hope for home and the time when the Lord will dwell (shakhan) with us;

Purim, to remember our sur­vival from the first shoah, and to hope for the Lord’s total victory over evil.

This special issue of Shabbat Shalom will take us away from our sorrows and trivial concerns and encourage us to laugh, to eat, and to enjoy the presence of the Lord. Jewish festivals teach us that enjoy­ing the gift of life and its promises is a mitzvah, a divine command­ment to fulfill. In the pages of this journal, guided by a rabbi and a church theologian—two traditional enemies—we will, paradoxically, learn to come together in order to think about the rich and profound meaning of the feasts and, in that coming together, learn to dream the right dreams.

The Triumph of Mordechai, a painting by Pieter Pietersz Lastman

 

Image: The Triumph of Mordechai, painting by Pieter Pietersz Lastman. Public Domain

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