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Shabbat

January 4, 2019
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Message: The Ten Plagues

Our parsha, Vaera recounts the first seven of the ten plagues God brings to Egypt. During Shabbat services, on Friday night at 8 PM we will discuss the scientific rationale behind the 10 plagues and if they matter to us. God sends the first plague, turning the water in Egypt to blood. The Tora text states, “The Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron: Take your rod and hold out your arm over the waters of Egypt…that they may turn to blood…” Exodus 7:19 Further, God asks Moses and Aaron participate in the bringing 5 out of the 7 plagues described in our parsha. Surely, God could have turned the water to blood, brought frogs, lice, boils, and fiery hail without asking Moses and[...]

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Shabbat

December 28, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Message: What’s in a Name?

We begin reading the book of Exodus this week and learn of Moses’ birth. The daughter of Pharaoh gives him the name, Moshe or Moses after the circumstances in which she found him. Exodus 2:10 states, "The child (Moses) grew up, and she (Yocheved) brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, and she said, "For I drew him from the water.” The Hebrew name, Moshe, literally means drawing. This name is a description fo how Pharoah's daughter found Moses, floating in the Nile as well as a foreshadowing to Moses’ life of drawing people out, to freedom and to safety. The word a person hears most, is their own name. The name Moshe or[...]

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Shabbat

December 14, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Message from Rabbi Metz

In this week’s parshah, the Prime Minister of Egypt, Pharaoh’s right-hand man, reveals his true identity to the sons of Israel who had come seeking food in this time of famine. He is in fact Joseph, the brother they had betrayed, cast down in a pit and sold into slavery. “Then Joseph said to his brothers,…’I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. But now do not be sad, and let it not trouble you that you sold me here, for it was to preserve life that God sent me before you…and [in] another five years, there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you…’” (Genesis 45:4-6) Essentially, Joseph is saying that all his trials and tribulations, including[...]

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Shabbat

October 7, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Blessing of the Pets

    Blessing of the Pets, Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. Enjoy a fun Shabbat at the Gazebo in Bayview Park, where we will offer a blessing to the animals that have been a blessing to us. All animals & humans, members & friends may participate. **All pets must be leashed or contained.**        

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Shabbat

September 27, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Torah Portion for Sukkot: The End of the book of Exodus

This Shabbat, the Torah portion that is read is from the end of the book of Exodus. We read this portion to correspond with the holiday of Sukkot instead of the next portion chronologically in the Torah, V'Zot Ha'Brachah which is read on Simchat Torah.  I would like to share my thoughts on this final Torah portion.   Deuteronomy 33:4 states:   “תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהילת יעקב” Torah tzivah lanu moshe, morashah kehilat yaakov. The Torah was commanded to us by Moses, it is an inheritance of the community of Jacob. This verse can be separated into two parts. First, we have where the Torah came from.  The Torah was commanded to us by Moses, and ultimately by God.  Second, we have the statement[...]

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Shabbat

May 6, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Services for May & June

Services in during the months of May and June may be lead by community members while Rabbi Metz is on maternity leave. Friday, May 4 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 4 - 9 a.m.  Bagel breakfast followed by an shortened service with discussion Friday, May 11 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 12 - 10 a.m.  Shabbat Services with discussion Friday, May 18 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 19 - NO Shabbat Services Friday, May 25 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, May 26 - NO Shabbat Services Friday, June 1 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, June 2 - 9 a.m.  Bagel breakfast followed by an shortened service with discussion Friday, June 8 - 8 p.m.  Kabbalat Shabbat Services Saturday, June[...]

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Shabbat

April 7, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Dinner Potluck on April 20

Come celebrate Israel's independence with us! Friday, April 20, 6:30 Kaballat Shabbat Services 7:30 Potluck Dinner RSVP to Rabbi Metz with the dairy/vegetarian dish you will bring. (Rabbi.SaraMetz@gmail.com)

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Shabbat

March 16, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat


By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Mesage: Committing an unintentional sin

Good Afternoon,   This week we start reading the book of Leviticus.  This book outlines the many intricacies involving the procedures a Priest would conduct including sacrifices.  In this Torah portion, Moses also teaches the people the laws of which sacrifices to give and when.  One of the situations discussed is when a person commits an unintentional sin.     According to Hasidic thought and various psychological approaches as well, when we do something inadvertently, it is not a mere accident but it is our motives coming out from deep in our soul or subconscious.  These actions reveal what is truly going on deep in us.  Thus, one should not only ask forgiveness and make amends for the actual act that was committed, but for[...]

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Shabbat

March 9, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Message from Rabbi Metz – D’var Torah: A Woman’s Gifts

Good Morning, This week I would like to share with you a thought-provoking interpretation of this week's Torah portion.  This was written by one of my teachers, Rabbi Joel Levy, of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. We will discuss this further Shabbat morning. Please share your thoughts with me at Rabbi.SaraMetz@gmail.com. D'var Torah: A Woman's Gifts Rabbi Joel Levy, Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem  This double parasha, which describes the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness, mentions various contributions made specifically by the Israelite women. The first is found in Exodus 35:25-26: "...every woman wise of mind with their hands they spun ... the goats'-hair." By way of the ancient and time-consuming activity of hand-spinning - twisting fibers together to[...]

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