As a sports fan, I am intrigued by something that I notice now when I watch NFL Football games. In addition to watching the game and rooting for my team, I notice that the player's uniforms and other things around the stadium have a connection to a monthly theme. In October, there was a lot of pink because that was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Some players wore pink cleats; some had pink on their uniform and there were pink markings in the end zone of most fields. This month it is a dark green or maybe we should call it camouflage color that we see on the sidelines and in the end zones during the game. The reason for this color is to support our Soldiers and Military Veterans since this is the month we observe Veteran's Day - a dedicated to show to support for those current serving in the US Military, their friends and family as well the millions of veterans who have served this country in any branch of the military.
Just like we way about other special days of the year, Veterans Day should not be the only day we give thanks to the men and women who serve our country in the military. That is why years ago we began to recite a Soldiers Prayer on Shabbat during our service and when we do, many of us keep in mind both the young people in our congregation who are currently serving in the military and many others who are veterans. This year we observe Veterans Day tomorrow - on Shabbat - and we have a few things planned during our Shabbat morning service to honor the members of our congregation who are Veterans. I hope that you will join us as we honor both the members who have served our country and members of their family who demonstrate their own service and devotion as their loved ones serve. This will be an opportunity to show our gratitude and to honor people who have made that sacrifice for all of us.
While I am on the subject of gratitude, I also want to express my gratitude to everyone who was with us this past Shabbat morning for a very special service. It was heart-warming to be surrounded by so many members of the congregation and so many friends and allies in our community as we comforted one another and responded to the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh. We had representatives here from many of our local churches and I want us to show our gratitude by perhaps attending one of their services this Sunday so that we do our part to strengthen the bonds that we have with our local Religious Community. I am not able to go this Sunday because of a service at TJC but I do plan to go to visit these churches soon. Here are some service times for the local churches for this Sunday:
Nassau Presbyterian Church - 61 Nassau Street - 11 AM service
Trinity Episcopal Church - 33 Mercer Street - 10 AM service
Princeton United Methodist Church - 7 Vandeventer Ave.
(on the corner of Nassau Street) - 10 AM
Our tradition has many ways to express our gratitude and over this weekend I hope that we will consider many of them. My favorite is the verse in the Psalm for Shabbat - Tov L'Hodot L'Adonai - It is good to express our gratitude to God. I hope that you feel as I do; I have many things to be grateful in my life and this weekend we can include our soldiers, our veterans and our dear friends in our local religious community.
Thank you for sharing this with me. If you are a football fan, I hope your team wins this weekend.
Rabbi Adam Feldman