That photo is of me, carrying Congregation Or Ami's two Sifrei Torah on the Las Virgenes bridge over the 101 Freeway in Calabasas, CA. I had just carried the two scrolls from our synagogue building, away from smoky fire.
It was only about a month and a half ago that we started to include the prayer for rain once again in T’filah: Mashiv haruach umorid hagashem, “You cause the wind to shift and rain to fall,” (Mishkan T’filah, p.
As Hurricane Sandy threatened communities across the Eastern Seaboard, rabbis found new ways to reach their congregants in this time of strife. Temple Beth El of Northern Valley was still without power on Shabbat, so the congregation joined together for a