‘Shabbat’ Category

Shabbat

February 28, 2019
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Message: Come Together

The opening verse of our Torah portion, Vayak’hel tells us that Moses brought the entire congregation of Israel together to tell them God’s commandments. Why is it so important that Moses brought everyone together? What strength do we have in being one unit and what place does an individual have among the masses? Abba Kovner* was a member of the HaShomer HaTa’ir youth movement in pre-war Europe and was a leader of the partisans during the Holocaust. He provided an answer to these questions.   "…The first week after I arrived in Israel, I went to the Western Wall. When I was just a few steps away from the stones, I felt that I did not belong, that I am a part of another[...]

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Shabbat

January 31, 2019
By Beth Mordecai
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Shabbat Message: Following a Recipe

Our Parshah, MIshpatim, is a little like following a recipe. The parashah contains 53 of the 613 mitzvot in the Torah. The long list of directions and laws deals with violence, murder, damages, false testimony, bribery, returning lost property, the prohibition of eating milk and meat together, the laws of Shabbat and festival and many more! When you only sort of follow these laws, like I only sort of followed the directions on the cake recipe, you may have a good life, just like I still got that cake. Yet, when we study and follow the mitzvot in a more careful manner, our lives become that much meaningful. God’s commandments connect us with a long and rich history of people living according to[...]

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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[...]

Category : Rabbi Rabbi's Journal Shabbat Torah Teachings

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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