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This coming week we mark the yahrzeit of Frank Rosner, Mr. Beth El, who was loved by all and who championed the morning minyan. With that in mind, and with the ongoing challenges that have faced our morning minyan, our ritual committee asks all congregants to rededicate themselves to this important mitzvah. We've even put up a sign at our Roxbury Rd. entrance to act as a constant reminder. And if you happen to be driving by at 7:30 on a weekday morning (to or from Westhill drop off, perhaps), by all means, stop on by. See a complete guide to the morning minyan here, including explanations of all the prayers and explorations of the terms "minyan" and "daven." Here is a personal note from Eileen Rosner.
I am writing to ask you to consider attending our morning minyan. As many of you know, Minyan was very important to my father and remains so for me. Kaddish cannot be recited without ten people and this winter it has been a very challenging number to meet. Normally we get there, but on some days, particularly Monday and Thursday (Torah reading days), it's been hard. When people ask for a guaranteed minyan that typically helps, but some are uncomfortable asking for that, so many come without reciting their personal prayer. If you have ever said Kaddish at our minyan, you know how powerful that experience can be, and how wonderful it is to have a supportive community around you. Please know that your presence can be just as powerful for someone else with the similar needs. If you've never been here on a weekday or Sunday morning, know that it can feel so good to help another person, and that performing that mitzvah can really lift your own spirits as you start your day. Please consider doing this mitzvah just a little more frequently so that everyone has a chance to say Kaddish. If every congregant pledged to come here just a couple of times each year (though monthly or weekly would be even better), we would never have to worry!
I thank you for your consideration. With warm wishes for a Sweet Passover,