We first had a wonderful lunch at Mr. Fish across the street from the Temple Emanu-El. If you have not been there yet, I highly recommend it, if you are ever in Myrtle Beach.
We had a large crowd of about 50 people from Rabbi's Adult Education class, the Jewish Grand Strand, from the 38th Ave. Diva Book Club, and visitors of the Rabbi's.
We were happy to see Rabbi Debbie at the program. She and I started the Jewish Grand Strand Reads a few years ago. We were just glad to see her. She has not been able to be involved this year because of her busy schedule. Now, to talk about the program.
I introduced the program, talking about the history of the Aleppo Codex, after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, and the mystery of how the " Crown"( other name of the Aleppo Codex) arrived in Israel, and where the 200 pages went, and who may have the pages.
Rabbi Avi talked about the religious aspect of the crown. Why the book is significant to the Jewish people. What it means to most of us that are Jewish. Did you know the book tells us the correct way to read from the torah? That the Hebrew is spoken the same way in every part of the world.
Why is that? The "Crown" is responsible for us to keep our traditions, and how we read from the bible, etc. The sad part, is it is the only one in the world. It wasn't copied. Rabbi Avi went into a small part about the mystery of the book. The rest you will have to buy yourself a copy which I highly recommend.
To learn about the "Crown", you can find Matti Friedman in Texas, JCC talking about it. You can also find information about it at several Jewish websites, by doing a google search. On a side note, Matti, sent me a message to have a bagel on him. We would have loved to chat with him on SKYE, but with the time zone difference, him in Israel, and us in SC it wasn't feasible at this time.
If you are interested in reading my review you can read it on my other book blog, at Bagels, Books, and Schmooze.
Thank you Rabbi Avi for co sponsoring the program with the Jewish Grand Strand Reads. Below, you can see the large crowd that came. We hope Rabbi Avi will join us again. We are always looking for speakers for the Jewish Grand Strand Reads. If you are knowledgeable about Jewish themes and are experienced talking to large crowds. Don't hesitate to talk to me about speaking engagements. Let's Chat.....