A few weeks ago, I was invited to New York to receive my Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  When the letter came from the Chancellor of the Seminary, I was in a state of shock.  Of course I’ll be there, I wrote back!  I went a few days early to reminisce because my rabbinic studies began 30 years ago in New York.

As a rabbinic student, I always wondered what my life would be like as a rabbi; and here I was 30 years later as my career was slowing down.  It was an overwhelming feeling.  I felt so grateful as I have had the most fascinating and wonderful career.

On the day of the ceremony, I was excited and anxious.  The synagogue was so beautiful.  As my name was called and my accomplishments and honors were mentioned, I was drawn back 30 years to the beginning when I was ordained.  I remember so clearly.  I stood and took my vows in front of a Bet Din (a court of rabbis) that I would devote my life to doing God’s work here on earth.

Here I was being validated 30 years later that I had indeed dedicated my life to God and to the people I served.  And at that moment I knew that as long as I am able, I will continue to work in the Vineyard of the Lord. your social media marketing partner
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