Every year we end the Seder by saying, "Next year in Jerusalem!" Every year we open the door for Elijah the prophet to come and announce the arrival of Moshiach - the long awaited Messiah. And after more than 3000 years it still hasn't happened. Isn't there a point in time where we realize that Moshiach isn't coming? Haven't we learnt our lesson by now? How many years of disappointment do we need to give up on this messianic dream and wake up to reality?
Imagine I take out a coin from my pocket, and ask you "heads or tails?" You say heads. I flip it, and it lands on tails.
So I give you another chance, and flip it again. Again it comes out tails. But you wanted heads, so I keep going. Ten more times, then another ten times, and another, and it never lands on heads, until I have flipped this same coin 99 times and every single time it lands on tails.
You examine the coin. It is a legitimate coin, heads on one side, tails on the other, equally weighted and not tampered with. There is nothing dodgy here. And yet it landed on tails 99 times in a row.
Before flipping it again I ask you, "heads or tails?" And I offer you a million dollars if you get it right, or you lose a million if you get it wrong.
What are the chances that on the 100th flip, it will land on heads?
The answer is exactly the same chances as the first flip and every flip, 50/50. The fact that it landed on tails every time until now has absolutely no statistical bearing on the next flip. It could be tails a 999,999 times, and there is no reason why the millionth time won't be heads.
Just because something didn't happen yet, doesn't make it less likely to happen soon. Moshiach is going to come. The fact that he didn't come last year or the year before in no way limits the likelihood of him coming this year.
In fact, the contrary is true. A coin may never fall on heads. In theory, it could fall on tails every single time forever. But Moshiach has to come, G-d has promised it. So each year he doesn't show up makes the next year more likely to be the one when he will.
But it's more than just a game of chance. Our faith actually brings Moshiach closer. A coin won't land on heads because you want it to, but our faith in a better future actually helps make that future a reality. When we open the doors for Elijah to come, when we pray to be in the rebuilt Jerusalem, we bring Moshiach a step closer.
It's not just in our heads. We will live to tell the tale.
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Who is Paula?
Never before has there been an artist who has been equally recognized, awarded and celebrated both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, as has Paula Abdul. As a ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, song writer, performer, designer, actor and business woman, this two-time Emmy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, selling over 60 million records worldwide, has continued to find new ways to entertain her loyal fans for over 20 years.
More recently Paula has become one of the top public speakers in the industry, touring the world to bring her own passion, drive and amazing experiences to touch the lives of thousands. Her story will surprise you.
Paula Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents. Her father, Harry Abdul, is from the Jewish community of Aleppo, Syria. Her mother, concert pianist Lorraine (née Rykiss), grew up in one of the two Jewish families of Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada.
What is Nefesh?
There is spirituality that is lofty and floats way above your head. Then there is Nefesh.
Nefesh means 'soul' in Hebrew. But more specifically, Nefesh refers to the level of the soul that enlivens the body, the interface between spirit and matter. It is down to earth spirituality. Soul you can get your teeth into.
Nefesh is where the soul finds its grounding. Every service, event and class at Nefesh attempts to bring down spiritual truths in a way that can relate to you as you are, right here, right now.
Nefesh is bursting out of its current premises and is moving rapidly ahead with plans for a major renovation. From our humble beginnings in the Moss family dining room 10 years ago, the shul has evolved to become an active and energetic community, and is now ready to take the next step in its growth, securing its future for generations to come.
We are extremely excited about this new venture and we look forward to sharing our journey with you.