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Thursday, July 8

It’s a funny time. Many of us are enjoying the new freedoms we have to go to restaurants, theatres, sports and visit friends. At the same time, the government’s plans to completely end all current restrictions, including mask wearing, seems rather reckless when only 64% of adults are fully vaccinated. We hope for the best but it seems more motivated by the needs of large corporations than the health of the population.

Gradually, and much more carefully, Mosaic is beginning to resume some in person activities. Both Mosaic Reform and Masorti have now held in person services, and Mosaic Liberal will be doing so in the next few weeks. Look out for emails and on the various ‘services’ pages on the website for dates and how to book. Rest assured that all activities will be streamed via Zoom so that those who cannot, or don’t want to come in person, can continue to join in remotely.

It’s also a funny time because we are in the 3 weeks, a traditional period of mourning between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. It always feels strange to have a sad period just as we are enjoying warmer weather, but as the British-Jewish scholar Jeremy Schonfield argues, in hot countries in the middle east, summer is a time of discomfort and danger, and thus an appropriate time to commemorate historic tragedies.

We have wonderful study sessions on the 9th Av and its meaning to us today (https://choosemosaic.org/?p=25334) and then, more happily, on the 15th Av, sometimes described as the Jewish Valentine’s Day! (https://choosemosaic.org/?p=25337). Both of these will be led by Rabbis Rachel and Kathleen, with a guest speaker Rabbi Dr Eli Levin from congregation Darchei Noam in Ramat Hasharon.

Wishing everyone good health and a gut shabbes.

Zay gezunt,

Joseph Finlay

Director of Music, Mosaic Liberal

July 8, 2021