Yair and I spent the past week caravanning from Denver to Reno with our fellow RVer friends Sam & Tracy. We stopped for the weekend in Salt Lake City, where Yair and I opted to connect with the local Jewish community before finding our way to “The Temple” for the requisite Mormon experience.
The Jewish community was lovely and we joined the parents of Riverdale friends for a super tasty Shabbat dinner. The synagogue service was fairly traditional, but also included the poetry of Rabbi Rami Shapiro (skip to the poem on page 12 – I dig) and an invitation to a different member each week to share a personally inspiring thought, experience or song after the musaf service. How cool.
I was given the honor of peticha, opening the doors of the ark before a concluding prayer. At first, I was a bit nervous to be called up to the ark before the congregation. After all, women don’t take on leadership roles in prayer in Orthodox Jewish circles (for the most part). Then I felt excited to be participating in and taking on this important and active role of presenting the Torah scrolls. Finally, I thought it was kind of funny that everyone was shaking my hand and congratulating me for having achieved the great honor of… opening a door.
We’ll keep heading toward Reno this week, where we look forward to seeing friends, prepping for Burning Man and maybe even opening a few more doors. 🙂
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