RAB Spot

Why Do We Publicize the Miracle This Year

This evening as I chanted the blessings with my family before lighting the Chanukiah, I was reminded of the many miracles that have brought us to this day. We are blessed to live in a country, and specifically, in an area of this country where we can boldly place chanukiot in our windows for all to see. Yes, the chanukiah makes it clear that there are Jewish residents living within, but it also says much more.

Publicizing the miracle of Chanukah through lighting a chanukiah has many different meanings. For some of us the miracle is about Jewish continuity. How incredible it is to imagine that the Jewish people have maintained these lights each year, and are able and proud to proclaim again that we are still here and we are full of hope and gratitude for our lives and our heritage.… Read more

Hope Amidst Pain

As I filled out my ballot this morning I felt a tremendous sense of pride. I am the first of my family on both sides to be born in this country at a time when others like me whose families have come to this country from around the world are running for office. Maital and… Read more

With a Little Help from My Friends

Whether you hear it sung by the Beatles or Joe Cocker, the importance of getting by with a little help from a friend is central to the opening story of this week’s parashah, Vayera. The scene opens with Abraham sitting at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day, healing from his… Read more

Religious School Highlights

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January 28- February 4, 2019

Kitah Gimmel had some fun with Hebrew letters last week! After reviewing Aleph-Bet through yoga, the class put their knowledge to the test in a game of “Shimon Omer” (Simon Says).

This past weekend was filled with light and new experiences! On Saturday evening Kitot Gimmel and Dalet led us in Ma’ariv and Havdalah and on Sunday Kitah Zayin participated in the World Wide Wrap, an event encouraging men and women to unite in prayer and put on tefillin.

Tzedek in Parashat Mishpatim:

Really, more laws? Aren’t the Ten Commandments all we really need?

If you were closely following along in synagogue during the Torah reading this past Shabbat, your eyes may have glazed over while reading all the laws received by the Israelites. However, many of these laws encourage us to live a just and meaningful life. Some of the laws feel reminiscent of the list, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” in that they are seemingly elementary. However, they are powerful reminders of how we should treat others, especially those that are vulnerable, such as the stranger, widow, and orphan.  Showing others compassion and understanding is at the heart of many of these laws.

Some questions for consideration:

To what extent do the detailed rules in Mishpatim help us to better understand the Ten Commandments?

Discuss with your family the ways in which we can show compassion towards the vulnerable members of our community.

 

Tzedek in Parashat Terumah:

Now that we have this precious gift of the Ten Commandments, where do we keep it?

After God concludes the laundry list of laws, there comes yet another list. This one includes specific instructions to build a dwelling place for God’s presence. Morah Julie spoke about the building of the Tabernacle with Kitah Aleph (1st grade), and likened the process to putting together a piece of furniture from IKEA. You wouldn’t just empty out all the pieces and try to put it together. You need detailed instructions, which you must read carefully.  You also need to identify each piece and put it together in just the right order to ensure that the structure is built firmly and securely for proper safekeeping of our treasures. Similarly, as the Israelites received these instructions, they carefully and endearingly brought gifts to the Tabernacle, “…each person whose heart moves them in a giving way” (Exodus).

Another question for consideration:

Why do you think the language in the Torah suggests that the Israelites bring that what moves them rather than each bringing the same?

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Calendar of Events

Week of Tue., Feb. 19 - Mon., Feb. 25


Thur. minyan 7:00am
Friday services 6:00pm
Saturday services 9:18am

Friday candle lighting 5:21pm
Saturday havdalah 6:21pm
Sun. minyan 9:00am "Minyan With Sally"
Mon. minyan 7:00am

Ki Tissa

God names Bezalel as chief artisan, to oversee the crafting of this mishkan’s appointments. God then presents Moses with two stone tablets, God’s words etched upon them. In Moses’ absence, however, the people have made a golden calf as a god. God sends Moses down; Moses sees the calf, and, in anger, shatters the tablets. God punishes the Israelites, whereupon Moses intercedes on their behalf. He then returns to Mount Sinai to receive a new set of tablets.

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