As the clock ticks down to election day, you might take a moment to check out these two profiles of President Obama and Governor Romney.  Both articles speculate on the impact that their pre-adulthood travels abroad had on their character and personality.

And in that spirit, everyone is invited to join us this Friday Night at 6:15 PM (Pre-Oneg at 5:45) on the Shabbat of Parshat Lech Lecha, when we'll have the chance to study and discuss together the meanings of the journeys of our own lives.
On Yom Kippur morning, two temple members shared this reading (selected by Cantor Becker) from outside of the prayerbook.

Reader #1:  “Come in,” God said.  “So you would like to interview me?”

Reader #2:  “If you have the time,” I said.  God smiled and said:

Reader #1:  “My time is eternity and is enough to do everything.  What questions do you have in mind to ask me?”

Reader #2:  “What surprises you most about humankind?”  God answered….

Reader #1   “That they get bored about being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.  That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.  That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived…”

Reader #2:  God’s hands took mine and we were silent for a while, and then I asked…“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”  God replied with a smile….

Reader #1:  “To learn that they cannot make anyone love them.  What they can do is to let themselves be loved. To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis!  To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.  To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.  To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally differently.  To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them…and likes them anyway. To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves.”

Reader #2:  I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment.  I thanked God for the time and for all that God has done for me and my family, and God replied, “Anytime.  I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I’ll answer.”