Why Does it Always Snow on Wednesdays?
I have a children’s book on my shelf titled, “Why Does it Always Rain on Sukkot?” Every fall, we navigate the Murphy’s law of inclement weather during our festival of sitting in booths unshielded from the starry sky. In the story book, Sukkot’s rainy weather is not a simple atmospheric challenge of the festival that occurs in the North American fall. Sukkot, the story tells us, was afraid it had been forgotten among the other holidays. In Ontario winters, we feel a similar challenge holding Hebrew School when snow and ice are threatening. We couldn’t forget it if we tried! This year, we have had so many Wednesdays with poor weather, some of our members have jokingly commented that we need to report the weather to the Human Rights Commission since it has unfairly targeted Hebrew School in the Jewish community.
Conspiracy theories aside, however, no matter how small our school is (fewer than 10 students and staff come on a typical Wednesday), making decisions that meet the needs of our families weigh heavily on us. We want to balance our mission as a hub of Jewish learning and community, with the very real challenges in all our families’ daily lives. What works best is when we work together, in partnership, to make the decisions that best serve our goals of community and compassion.
So does that mean snow is a metaphor for diaspora Jewish life? Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. But snow is a force that impacts us all, over which we have little control. Let us always stay connected as we make the important decisions that shape our community, no mater how small they are.
— Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler