"Rabbi, I hate to tell you this but I just don't relate to services. I sit there not understanding a word and get nothing out of it."
I hear this a lot. It makes sense. When you think about it, how could folks derive connection without having a key to the code? Hebrew has about 500 basic words. There are no strange anomalies in Hebrew like enough, or thought or through. For those of you over 50, you might be interested to know that it is primarily WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get.
Most of us are not taught to recognize the clues. Hebrew is a language of 3 letter roots. If you recognize the letters, you can figure out the word. This summer we will try of Skype experiment. Wednesday evenings in July from 7:00 - 7:30 I will teach basic decoding of Hebrew at an accelerated pace - 6 letters per week. From 7:30 - 8.00 pm,
I will teach Hebrew sleuthing: how to figure out the meaning of the words. My Skype handle is RebMelody. Send me an invitation if you'd like to join.
On the other hand, as Tevye says, there are those who relate to the music. Keeping this in mind, we will be approaching our t'fillah - prayer - with jubilation, serenity and fun. Our daughter Annelise will be filling in for Cantor Jill over the summer with some assistance from Taylor Paige Blum, Arielle Yacker and others. I'd like to try putting together a musical cadre this summer of singers and musicians. (If you are interested, let me know, I will send sheet music in advance of rehearsals which weill be on Tuesday evenings starting 6/30.)
Looking forward to a summer filled with joy, music and light!
B'shira, (in song,)