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Rabbi Shmuel's newsletter for week of 12 November 2023




Kabbalah Thought for this week

"As all the elements of a computer equally important...[e]veryone in this world is as important as th most righteous sage, including those wemight consider to be ona lower level of spirituality than ourselves. It behooves us to stop judging others, and to recognize that every person plays a vital role in the spiritual structure of humanity.."




From the Talmud

As we start the new Tractate of Baba Kamma, we start exploring the compensation for various damages and injuries. One is left with the sense that civil justice in Judaism is about making people whole in those cases and thus keeping justice balanced in society.



Announcements

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute

-Events

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Shabbat Services

-School


Calendar

This is an overview of upcoming events. Details of each event are below

Sunday, 12 November 2023-In-Person Hebrew School

Monday, 13 November 2023-Torah Study

Tuesday, 14 November 2023-Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Thursday, 16 November 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 17 & 18 November 2023-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 19 November 2023-Hebrew School

Monday, 20 November 2023-Torah Study

Thursday, 23 November 2023-Thanksgiving

Friday & Saturday, 24 & 25 November 2023-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 26 November 2023-Hebrew School

Monday, 27 November 2023-Torah Study

Thursday, 30 November 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 1 & 2 December 2023-Shabbat Services


*For your information, I have included below my schedule, including office hours for the next two weeks and specific classes in which I am involved.

**For your convenience and information, Zoom links will be provided in separate emails for security purposes.

***I continue to update our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.


Office Hours for the next few weeks:

Going forward, I am planning on conducting Hebrew School from my office and making Sunday an office day to be more available.

Sunday, November 12, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm (In -Person Hebrew School 10:00am - 12:00pm)

Monday, November 13, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm

Friday, November 17, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, November 19, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am)

Monday, November 20, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm

Friday, November 24, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, November 26, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am)

Monday, November 27, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm

Friday, December 1, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)






Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, November 13 at 7:30 pm PT

Zoom Links sent in separate email Monday morning. Please reply if you do not receive them.

Parashat Toldot 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת תּוֹלְדוֹת

18 November 2023 / 5 Kislev 5784

Parashat Toldot is the 6th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19-28:9

Toldot (“Generations”) opens with the births of Isaac and Rebecca’s twins, Jacob and Esau. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob in exchange for soup. Isaac and Rebecca travel to Gerar, where Isaac makes a peace treaty with King Abimelech. Isaac gives Jacob the blessing meant for Esau, and Jacob runs away to his uncle Laban. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah Sefaria OU Torah Jewish Theological Seminary

Hertz Chumash: pp. 96 – 99 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 93 – 101)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 132 – 139 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 124 – 143)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 152 – 157 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 146 – 161)




Rosh Chodesh Kislev 2023 / רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ כִּסְלֵו 5784

Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar 🌒

Rosh Chodesh Kislev for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on Monday, 13 November 2023 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 14 November 2023.

Start of month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Kislev (כִּסְלֵו) is the 9th month of the Hebrew year, has 30 or 29 days, and corresponds to November or December on the Gregorian calendar. רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ, transliterated Rosh Chodesh or Rosh Hodesh, is a minor holiday that occurs at the beginning of every month in the Hebrew calendar. It is marked by the birth of a new moon.




Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Judaic Studies is now reading the Book of Job. On October 26 we discussed Chapters 1 and 2. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 16, 7:30 PM on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out close to that date, on which we’ll continue with Chapter 3 and as much of chapters 4-6 as we can cover (There’s no class on November 2 because Sandy and Judy are leaving town, and no class on November 9 because of the Temple Sholom Board meeting).


Reading ahead of time is not required to join the class! But if you want to read the text, attached to this email are two PDF files: One contains chapters 1-3 of Job, and the other contains chapters 4-6.

And here’s a link to the whole book of Job on the Sefaria website: https://www.sefaria.org/Job.1?lang=bi

Also you’ll find the Book of Job in any Bible you have access to.


If you want to read about Job from a well-regarded Jewish source, here’s a link to a short article from “My Jewish Learning.” https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-book-of-job/

And for a good discussion, please join us on November 16.




Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

🕯️ Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, November 174:27 – 4:27pm

✨ Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, November 185:25 – 5:25pm

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, November 17, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, November 18, 2023 @ 9:30 am

Zoom Links sent in separate email Friday afternoon. Please reply if you do not receive them.

We are now incorporating guitar accompaniment with our Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv

Parashat Toldot 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת תּוֹלְדוֹת

18 November 2023 / 5 Kislev 5784

Parashat Toldot is the 6th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19-28:9

Triennial year 2

1: 26:23-29 · 7 p’sukim ·

2: 26:30-33 · 4 p’sukim ·

3: 26:34-27:4 · 6 p’sukim ·

4: 27:5-13 · 9 p’sukim ·

5: 27:14-17 · 4 p’sukim ·

6: 27:18-23 · 6 p’sukim ·

7: 27:24-27 · 4 p’sukim ·

maf: 27:24-27 · 4 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 · 21 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah Sefaria OU Torah Jewish Theological Seminary

Hertz Chumash: pp. 96 – 99 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 93 – 101)




Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Sunday, November 19, 2023 10:00am - 11:30am

Join us at the synagogue for our monthly live learning. There will be music and singing, and activities for your children. We will also meet with the adults for a special in-preson, on-site learning.




Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 23




Next Miller Course

We are planning our next Miller Course to start tentatively in January 2024.

Stay tuned for more information.


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