Ahavas Sholom – an Historic Landmark and Sacred Space

Newark's Last Remaining Synagogue born of the Great European Migration at the turn of the 20th Century

145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: 973-485-2609 | Email: cahavassholom@optimum.net


Simon Says, May 19, 2023

The Book of Numbers is the fourth Book of the Torah, otherwise known is B’midbar:  in the wilderness. 

The Israelites were destined to wander in the wilderness for 40 years so Israelites over 20 (except Joshua and Caleb) were dead.  After 40 years, the Israelites conquered Canaan and we still are around now.

I am reminded of composer, Stephen Schwartz’s musical, “Children of Eden.”

I never made this world, I didn’t even lose it 
And I know no one said it was fair
But they had a garden once
They had the chance to choose it
They gave it away including my share
And now we’re lost in wilderness

Lost, crying in the wilderness
And if anyone’s watching it seems they couldn’t care less
We’re lost in the wilderness 

You follow all the rules
You swallow all the stories
And every night you wish on a star
Dreaming your day will come, trusting in allegories
And every morning boy look where you are 

Lost in the Wilderness
Lost, slowly dying in the wilderness 

With no chance of living boy, until you confess
You’re lost in the wilderness
Don’t you ever watch the eagle fly to the sun
And wonder how he got to be so free
If you ever have you know your journey’s begun
Hey what’ve we got to lose boy, when already we are
Lost in the wilderness
And where we are headed boy, I couldn’t guess but 

Off we go without a warning
Running as we hit the ground
Where our future lies a-borning
Where our hearts are outward bound
Till one bright and distant morning
We may stop and look around
And there in the wilderness
Finally we’ll be found! 

You can listen to the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3eR7zAWmkA