Rabbi’s Message

RTPV at 50: Becoming a Kehillah K’dusha, A Holy Community

Hillel said: Do not separate yourself from the community – Ethics of the Fathers 2:5

Dear RTPV Community,

On June 11th we will be joining together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of RTPV. RTPV exists as a vibrant Jewish community because of the dedication and hard work of many people from its past as well those who continue the work of insuring its survival now and into the future. We will honor all of them on this special evening.

In the middle of parshat K’doshim, which is in the middle of the book of Leviticus (which is the middle book of the Torah) we find the “Holiness Code”. It begins: “The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: Become holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.” – Leviticus 19:2

The Torah teaches us that holiness occurs through how we act in a community. RTPV is in many ways a Kehillah K’dusha, a holy community. The volunteer efforts of our members include cleaning, repairing, fundraising, setting and cleaning up, planting, teaching, cooking, baking, and much more. Our members also respond to each other when someone is in need of a ride, shopping, or a call or visit to cheer them up.

The Torah also teaches us that becoming holy is a continual process. We have heard from many people how welcoming RTPV is and how much it means to someone when a community is looking out for them. As we join together to celebrate our 50th anniversary it is our hope that the joy of this moment will carry over and we will continue to grow in our dedication to caring for one another.

Blessings,

Rabbis Levy and Altarescu