Dr. David M. Posner, Senior Rabbi
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— Union Prayer Book
These words from the Union Prayer Book are a reflection of the place that the synagogue and the sanctuary hold in our lives, as well as in the history of our people. They remind us of the spiritual inheritance that has sustained us as the oldest, unbroken cultural and religious tradition in human history. We Jews have memories that span the millennia.
Simultaneously, we are, each of us, individuals of our age, with our own personal and spiritual destinies. For the congregants of Temple Emanu-El, our sanctuary has been the repository of these special chapters of life. Within its precincts, we have experienced the moments of our greatest joys and our most profound sorrows. We have sensed the smiles on the souls of our children as they stood on the bimah. We have rejoiced at the kisses of brides and grooms as they gazed into each other’s eyes under the chuppah. And the floor of the sanctuary is forever moistened by the tears of our bereavement. The sanctuary of Emanu-El always will be our storehouse of sacred memory.
May all who come after us forever use this sanctuary as the wellspring of inspiration that ultimately brings meaning to their lives and honor and glory to their heritage.
On February 1, 2009, Rabbi David M. Posner met with Gilbert Kaplan, host of WNYC Radio’s “Mad About Music” to discuss his love of classical music. Read the transcript and listen to the radio program.
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