I Attended A Candle Lighting Shabbat At The Temple Of Brevard

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I attended a Candle Lighting Shabbat at the Temple Israel of Brevard on August 26th. I found and chose this location because my friend has been a member of the temple for years and had invited me to come in the past, but I was never able to go. My expectations were that the people of the temple would be very nice and welcoming. I also felt that I would feel out of place since I had never been to a temple before. I also was convinced that I was bound to do something incorrectly. Additionally, I was very curious what they would do during the Shabbat. I was furthermore wondering why the time for the Candle Lighting was 7:31 since it seemed like an odd time. I was expecting to just sit there quietly and just listen to the rabbi talk about different parts of the Torah. When I arrived at the temple, I was surprised at the amount of people there. I assumed there would be more people but the Shabbat had about 50 people in attendance. When first walking into the temple I immediately saw lots of books. I also was not expecting their lobby to be the size it is since the building looks so huge. After observing what others were doing when they entered the temple, I made my way to the man giving out the books. He handed a book to me with a smile and said “Shalom.” When entering the synagogue’s main room, I was amazed by everything I saw. From the chuppah to the candles to the signs on the wall with lights to remember the deceased. The first smell I smelt was of smoke, from the candles…

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