On Simhat Torah, the joy in the sanctuary is palpable. We celebrate the Torah and, I believe, we celebrate community. We rejoice that we collectively have the opportunity to study and pray and BE together.
Following Conservative Jewish tradition, we do not use electronic devices in synagogue on Shabbat or holidays. This means that many "Kodak moments" are captured in our heads, but not electronically. While certainly this limits our ability to send these images to our friends and family not physically with us, I think we have an opportunity that is becoming increasingly rare. We are forced to focus on the present, on the joy we are feeling in the moment. In this day of ubiquitous devices, this is a welcome reminder that it is as important to savor life as it is to document it.