May 2016 scroll article

When I was young, I had no fear of driving on the highway. But that was then, and this is now. At times I am even fearful of riding my bicycle. So I ask myself: “what is this angst really about?”
Maya Angelou opined, “What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying.” Perhaps my life is so full that I do not want to leave it behind, or have my ability to function diminish. Perhaps I am afraid of death’s unknown. Whatever the reason, how do I overcome such fears?
My husband opines that we humans have no agency. By that he means, essentially, we have no control over the outcome of events. So perhaps one way to live without fear is to accept that our future is not in our hands, and what will be, will be. I recall someone once declared fear represented a lack of faith in G-d. If you are religious, simply put, let go and let G-d. On the other hand, self-help book author W. Clement Stone stated, “thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.”
While this discussion couldn’t begin to cover the multitude of issues related to fear, perhaps it will open a discussion among you, your family and friends. For me, I will continue to be fearful when I mount my bicycle, but I will take action…I will take a deep breath and remember, that only when I am no longer afraid, do I truly begin to live.
Onto more cheerful business, Toda to Chair Cindy Goldman and her committee for once again planning a successful Women’s Seder. Also, our gratitude to Cantor Rubinstein for presenting an educational and spiritual Passover Seder. It was a truly wonderful feeling being surrounded by so many caring women celebrating this Passover tradition together.
Many thanks to Chair Linda Culver and her committee for organizing our Congregational Seder. Rabbi Birnholz and Cantor Rubinstein led us out of Egypt and across the Red Sea at this community Passover event, in their usual inspiring style.

Shelley Weltman
Sisterhood President