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Shabbat By The Sea

July 13, 2016
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Be A Shabbat by the Sea Season Supporter TODAY!

Do you love Shabbat by the Sea? Do you want to share it with as many people as possible? Then become a Shabbat by the Sea Season Supporter!   For only $50 a person you can ensure that our community will have a wonderful experience by the bay and enjoy a delicious meal together – sometimes catered, sometimes pot luck – without the hassle and discomfort of charging people to come to our program. With your support we will never have to turn someone away from enjoying the full Shabbat by the Sea experience while also helping us attract new people to our community. For your support you will receive… A special thank you letter Your name (or a name of a family[...]

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June 1, 2016
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Shabbat By The Sea

September 4, 2015
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DAY 1161: God’s Goodly Gift of a Shabbat of Peace

(9/4/15), אמר לו הקדוש ברוך הוא למשה: מתנה טובה יש לי בבית גנזי ושבת שמה, ואני מבקש ליתנה לישראל - לך והודיעם (תלמוד בבלי מסכת שבת דף י עמוד ב) The Holy One, blessed be He, said to Moses, "I have a precious gift in My treasure house, called the Sabbath, and desire to give it to Israel; go and inform them" (Babylonian Talmud Tractate Shabbat 10b) Dear Hevreh, Last week was a beautiful Shabbat. Kids dancing, food sharing, prayer singing. Every moment was more precious than the next and as the sun turned into a beautiful full moon, you couldn't help but think that God had truly blessed this moment as "good." Click here for some pictures from the event taken[...]

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August 25, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1151: Shabbat With Family

Dear Hevreh, Back in rabbinical school, we talked a lot about the language we use to describe a synagogue. Synagogue and Community describe a group of like minded people who affiliate together for a particular purpose, whether it's to do a ritual or to help someone find a job. On the other hand, Home and Family connote a closer connection, one in which we feel tied together despite (or because of?) our flaws. The former terms depict a place and a group we can move in and out of as we please; the latter terms describe a condition that is always a part of us, no matter how often we are present or absent. I spent this past Shabbat with my family celebrating[...]

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July 22, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1117: A Very, Bright Future

(7/22/15), In one of my recent journal entries, I described how some of the latest political issues, most notably the Iranian deal, are poised to pull the Jewish community apart. Likewise, worsening affiliation rates, merging institutions, and less activism make us wonder at times what the future of the American Jewish community will look like. Well, if it's anything like these past weeks, I can say that future is very bright. Whether it's young Jews gathering to spend quality time together and being engaged in meaningful Jewish life, or dancing and singing Jewish liturgy in full public view, or the ability to have difficult convesrations of important topics with Jews from multiple communities, there is[...]

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April 28, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1032: Getting Excited for Shabbat by the Sea

4/28/15, In preparation for this week's Shabbat by the Sea, I spent some time reading through past journal entries on our previous Shabbat by the Sea experiences. As I read those words, the warm air, beautiful scenery, sound of chairs moving to their spots, people clapping and singing all flooded back to my mind and I found myself getting really, REALLY excited for this Shabbat. Praying by the Sea has become part of our shul's identity, it's one of the things that makes us unique. I can't wait to celebrate that uniqueness and experience all those feelings that filled my mind today for real on Friday. it's going to be...awesome! Kol Tuv, Rabbi Ari Saks P.S. Also looking forward to seeing you at [...]

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April 27, 2015
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DAY 1031: The Meaning of Lev — Heart and Mind

Dear Hevreh, One reason I love Hebrew is because its words can have very different, if not opposing, meanings. One example is the term "lev" (לב) which is often translated as "heart" in verses like Deuteronomy 6:5 ("You shall love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might"). But as some scholars explain, the term "lev" should not be translated as heart but rather as "mind" or "consciousness." For instance, Proverbs 14:10 is often translated as "the heart ("lev") knows its own bitterness." But how can the heart -- the seat of emotion and passion -- be self aware enough to understand itself? Rather, it makes more sense to understand[...]

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Shabbat by the Sea (w/Potluck Dinner) Friday, May 1st 6:30 pm

Friday, May 1st 6:30 pm Bayview Park, Perth Amboy NJ Back by popular demand, our FIRST Shabbat by the Sea of 2015! PLEASE RSVP VIA OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE! 6:30 pm – Candlelighting at Beth Mordecai followed by congregational walk to the gazebo 7:00 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Service with music, storytelling, and dancing 8:00 pm – Potluck Dinner at Congregation Beth Mordecai Gazebo at Bayview Park Friday night, May 1 PLEASE RSVP VIA OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE! Join us for the Potluck dinner! Please share what you will be bringing in our "We Are Beth Mordecai" Facebook group PLEASE RSVP VIA OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

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April 1, 2015
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DAY 1005: Tears of Joy

Dear Hevreh, There was a moment during this past Saturday's Cantor Showcase, there was a moment when I closed my eyes and the Cantor's voice filled them with tears. It wasn't just that she sang a beautiful piece, but that it was sung in our magnificent sanctuary. My tears reflected the sublime joy of the special kind of Judaism we experience in our shul. So how do we create more moments like that? By coming together on a frequent basis to experience the joy of Judaism as a community. When we spend more time together we will inevitably think about, discuss, plan, and execute the kinds of programs that grow our shul. Programs like... Passover "Shabbat" Seder on Saturday Evening at 5 pm [...]

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August 29, 2014
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DAY 790: A Poem for Tonight’s Shabbat by the Sea

Dear Hevreh, A poem for tonight's Shabbat by the Sea The view Speaks in a language Only the heart knows The voice of Adonai thunders over rushing waters (click link, p.7)   The people Sing in a voice Only the heart hears The voice of Adonai stirs the wilderness (click link, p.7)   The time Whispers in a hush Only the heart feels The voice of Adonai echoes with majesty (click link, p.7)   May all who who come to God's eternal sanctuary share together How vast How beautiful How glorious is Shabbat...   ...especially when you're by the Sea   Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Ari Saks

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