Our sweet son-in-law brought our grandson, Jonathan, to the synagogue for the party that followed the service. This little boy's presence just lights up a room. His middle name is Lyric which is a very appropriate name, because he sings all day long. He even makes up songs about everything. He has GiGi and PawPaw songs, a going to the library song, a clean up the toys song, and on and on. I know he inherited this wonderful ability from his mother, Amanda, who could sing "Jesus Loves Me" at six months old. But, I digress...and thank you for indulging my ramblings as a doting grandmother.
After the party, Rabbi Jem was walking out to the car, carrying the Torah scroll on his shoulder. Jonathan saw him, ran up and stood in front of Jem, stopping him in his tracks. He was staring intently at the scroll. Jem knelt down to give him a close-up look. Jonathan just stared at it for the longest time, and then very tenderly touched it, and said softly, "Torah". Jem said he was so full of awe and reverence, that it made him have chills all over, and brought tears to his eyes. William reacted the same. Rabbi Jem said, "I think he's going to be a Torah scholar!"
When he told me this story, I cried. I'm crying now as I write this. As far as we know, Jonathan had never seen the Torah scroll, so we don't know how he recognized it or knew what to call it. But, this little boy reacted in reverence and awe as we all should when in the presence of G-d's Holy Word. Oh, how we pray that we and he will always revere, love, and obey Torah, for it is Life.
At the end of the day, Rabbi Jem said, "That was the best birthday present ever!"
This is little Jonathan reading to his great-grandmother. He loves to sing and spread his special sunshine to her and others at the nursing home. We call him "The Little Minister"
One of our congregation members "carrying" Torah. It is a tradition to never turn your back on the Torah while it is being paraded around the synagogue. We follow it with our bodies and our eyes. We touch it with our prayer books, then bring the book to our lips because G-d's Word is "like honey to our lips".
This is a tactile reminder to us weekly to honor and revere Torah, We are reminded that we carry G-d's Word with us every day and are not turn our backs on it (disobey it) . L'Chaim!