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Getting an Aliyah...

Friday, 3 July, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Dear Friends,

Last Shabbat, as of every summer Shabbat, there were a significant number of guests from out of town.  Amongst them there was a man who will be playing a very important role in a world event that started from our little 'Shtetl'. 

Dr. Peter Gary, an accomplished composer and conductor and a member of our community, wrote an oratorio in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.  This oratorio, the first one ever written by a survivor, will be performed in Jerusalem on April 16th of next year.

Barak Tal, a well known Israeli conductor took it upon himself to conduct this historical concert.  Last week, he came to Victoria to meet Peter and to plan this great world premier.  Peter, who is a regular at our Shul, schlepped Barak along to Shabbat morning services.

At the luncheon Kiddush, Barak asked to share a few words.  

"This is my first time in services outside of Israel and this has been the most amazing service. The atmosphere in this synagogue is outstanding."

"I am very thankful for being called to the Torah. The first time I got an Aliyah was at my Bar Mitzvah, the second was on the Shabbat before my wedding, and this morning was the third time!"  It was clear that Barak was very moved by the experience.

In close radius of Barak's home there are hundreds of Shuls, but it took traveling half way across the world to get an Aliyah.

I have a feeling that next time I meet Barak it will be after he has had many Aliyahs and visits to the local Shul.

Comments on: Getting an Aliyah...

Michael Friedman wrote...

The depth of Barak Tal's emotion was evident when he spoke. It was a memorable Shabbos morning for that reason and because of the ma'asim tovim to come out of it.