RABBIS CREATIVELY GIVE SHABBAT WISHES
Rabbis Ilan Feldman and Dov Foxbrunner of Congregation Beth Jacob in Atlanta found a way to share ‘Good Shabbos / Shabbat Shalom’ wishes with their congregation. They hopped into the back of a white pickup truck adorned with signs and blasting Jewish music. Beth Jacob’s doors are closed and although the synagogue has put a considerable amount of teaching and other programs online, not for worship services, in keeping with Orthodox tradition.
Yaakov Haller, a Beth Jacob congregant and an organizer of the effort, told the Atlanta Jewish Times, “Nevertheless, as a community of dedicated Orthodox Jews who strictly adhere to traditional Torah law and do not utilize any form of electronic communication during the 25-hour Shabbat, I began to consider the emotional strain and compounded stress that nearly total separation may place on our resilient neighborhood from sundown Friday evening through Saturday night each week. If circumstances were going to prevent our cohesive congregation from entering Beth Jacob, then a home-delivery version of Beth Jacob throughout the community was vital to ensuring that no one felt alone or forgotten.” Among the signs on the side of the truck is one reading “Though Corona keeps us a safe distance apart, SHABBOS KODESH connects us Heart-to-Heart!!”