Rabbi's Weekly Teaching
Friday, January 25, 2013
If you sang those words rather than reading them, you're not alone. Fans of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof" have been humming the tunes from this show since it opened at the Imperial Theater in 1964.
Tradition is a powerful concept in Judaism; so many of the rituals we perform - like celebrating Shabbat and teaching our children Jewish values - stem from our love of traditions passed down through the generations.
I'm proud to say that Temple Sholom is continuing it's own proud tradition of hosting the Interfaith Broadway Revue for our 4th consecutive year. It may not be passed down from generations gone by, but it's success has grown out of years of partnership with our Christian neighbors that makes the religious community in Greenwich such a special one to take part in.
At this year's concert we'll have more teen soloists, duets and trios than ever before. The performers will share music from Once!, Les Mis, The Sound of Music and, of course, Fiddler on the Roof.
We'll also hear the beautiful sounds of youth and teen choirs singing hit songs from Broadway past and present. It's going to be a jubilant evening, full of great music and the nostalgia of tunes from an era gone by.
But that's not even the best part; the tradition I take most pride in isn't the music production or the hundreds of appreciative audience members; it's the sense of fulfillment when we see our children doing well. Children from ages 6-17 will stand on stage and spend the evening sharing their love of music with an audience of their friends, peers and family watching.
These kids that sing in choirs and spend their Sundays rehearsing music in holy spaces, they are shining examples to their peers and make us feel that all our work is put to a holy cause.
That's a tradition worth keeping.
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