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Counting on each other, over sushi

11/06/2019 12:14:22 PM

Nov6

Caroline Dorn

For the past few years, a friend and I have been meeting regularly at a sushi restaurant in between our apartments. There’s nothing particularly special about this restaurant – it’s small hard to find, and there are only a few tables. But it’s our place.
Last week, something was different. The lighting had changed, the high-tops had been converted to regular tables, our regular server, Tina, was gone, and even the menu was different. We were told the restaurant had been sold and that the new owners had been hard at work sprucing the place up. We were not overly excited about this change to our favorite local spot.
As we read in Parshat Lech Lecha this week, Abraham takes two journeys – the physical, from his father’s home, and the spiritual. The real purpose of my friend and I meeting for sushi is to catch up about our lives – it is in this place we’ve celebrated each other through moments of joy, grief, heartbreak and excitement. The physical location is only a symbol of the journey we have taken as friends over the past few years.
While at first we were wary, we, like Abraham, must trust the journey – we do not know what the future holds for this restaurant, but we can count on each other. And, most importantly, the sushi is still excellent!
Caroline Dorn is the Temple Membership and Engagement Coordinator.

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