22 March 2010

Shabbat, 20 March

Our son, Jason, and his family belong to a wonderful Messianic Jewish congregation in Houston, Texas. Whenever I visit this church, it's like coming home.

The congregation is of an international flavor; the worship a blend of ancient Jewish traditions and contemporary Christian praise & worship. (Who knew that a shofar could actually produce such sweet music?!) I especially love the traditional Jewish praise dance -- so sweet to see grandparents, teenagers, and tiny pre-schoolers all holding hands and going through the ancient steps together.

The revered Torah scrolls in the sketch are in fragile condition; according to normal practice they should have been replaced long ago. But how do you replace such history? These were lovingly hidden between newspapers and smuggled out of Hitler's Germany, to be gently put back together once they were in safer lands.

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