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Rabbi Shmuel's newsletter for week of 28 January 2024





Kabbalah Thought for this week:

"...[T]he most significant choice that each of us must make...[is] whether to follow the Evil Inclination--a force present and persuasive from the moment of human conception--or the Good Inclination, which does not express itself until a person is dthirteen years or age. A righteous individual...is one who does not put credence in the Evil Inclination, but rather waits for the arrival of the Good."




Each day, Jews end their prayer service with Aleinu. There is an affirmation afterwards that is especially timely in addressing today's strife:


"Do not fear sudden terror, or the destruction of the wicked when it comes (1). Plan a conspiracy and it will ge annulled; speak your piece and it shall not stand, for God is with us (2). Even when you age, I remain unchanged; and even till your ripe old age, I shall endure. I created you and I shall bear you; I shall endure and rescue (3)."

These verses express confidence in God's protection and are regarded as auguries of redemption.

  1.  Proverbs 3:25 Do not fear an evildoer's intention, no matter how dangerous it seems.

  2. Isaiah 8:10 Let the enemies of Israel conspire and plan; they will not succeed

  3. Isaiah 46:4 God remains the eternal protector of Israel, even though we may have sinned.



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, 28 January 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Monday, 29 January 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 1 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 2 & 3 February 2024-Shabbat Services

Thursday, 8 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 9 & 10 February 2024-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 11 February 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Monday, 12 February 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 15 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 16 & 17 February 2024-Shabbat Services




*For your information, I have included below my schedule, including office hours for the next two or three 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.

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Rabbi's Office Hours for the next few weeks:

I am conducting Hebrew School from my office and making Sunday an office day to be more available.

Sunday, January 28, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, January 29, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - Tuesday, February 6, 2024 Out of Office

Friday, February 9, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, February 12, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm (?)

Friday, February 16, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, February 18, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, February 19, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm (?)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)







Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, January 29 at 7:30 pm PT

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

Parashat Yitro 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ

3 February 2024 / 24 Sh’vat 5784

Parashat Beshalach is the 16th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 13:17-17:16

Beshalach (“When He Let Go”) describes the splitting of the Red Sea and the song the Israelites sing upon crossing through. In the desert, God sweetens bitter water and provides manna and quail. The portion ends recounting the victory of the Israelites against an attack by the Amalekites. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah 

Hertz Chumash: pp. 268 – 276 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 265 – 281)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 370 – 385 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 366 – 393)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 403 – 416 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 399 – 422)



Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, January 25, 2024 @ 7:30pm

Those present voted that we would devote our next class to combining two things:

(1)  studying part of Leviticus (va-Yikra), chapters 19:1 - 20:27 (Parshat Kedoshim), 

(2)  and then comparing/contrasting the points of view of three commentaries: from the Orthodox Union, the Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative), and Reform Judaism.  Before class, it would be good if you could read the Torah portion (it’s just two chapters) and these three commentaries.  But, whether or not you read them, we will as usual put them on the screen for our discussion.

For your convenience, I provide all of the individual links here:

Here’s the link to the Torah portion Kedoshim in Sefaria:  https://www.sefaria.org/Leviticus.19.1-20.27?lang=bi&aliyot=1

Here’s the link to three Orthodox Union commentaries on Kedoshim from Rabbi Eliyahu Safran.  

Let’s agree to discuss only the first, “Loving Your Neighbor while Standing on One Foot.”  But feel free to read more.

Here’s the link to several Jewish Theological Seminary commentaries on Kedoshim from the Jewish Theological Seminary:

Let’s agree to discuss only the most recent, “Making God Holy,” by Amram Altzman.  But feel free to read more.

Here’s the link to several Reform commentaries on Kedoshim.  

Let’s agree to discuss only the most recent, “Finding Holiness,” by Barbara Weinstein.  But feel free to read more.

For your information, the website maintained by HebCal has links to every Torah reading, to commentaries from various sources, and, at the end, a list of books on the particular Torah reading.  Here’s the link to the page in Hebcal for Kedoshim: https://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/kedoshim

At the end of our next class, we will discuss whether to continue the discussion of Kedoshim, to go on and do text-and-commentaries on another Torah portion, or whether to go on to read selections from the runner-up topic, "The Wisdom of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus).”  A very brief introduction to “The Wisdom of Ben Sira,"  and the full text, may be found on Sefaria: https://www.sefaria.org/Ben_Sira?tab=contents




Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

🕯️ Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, February 25:03pm

✨ Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, February 36:01pm

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, February 2, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, February 3, 2024 @ 9:30 am 

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

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

Parashat Yitro 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ

3 February 2024 / 24 Sh’vat 5784

Parashat Yitro is the 17th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 18:1-20:23

Triennial year 2

Yitro is read in its entirety in 5784. See Full Kriyah.

1: 18:1-12 · 12 p’sukim ·

2: 18:13-23 · 11 p’sukim ·

3: 18:24-27 · 4 p’sukim ·

4: 19:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·

5: 19:7-19 · 13 p’sukim ·

6: 19:20-20:14 · 20 p’sukim ·

7: 20:15-23 · 9 p’sukim ·

maf: 20:19-23 · 5 p’sukim ·

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 · 21 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah 

Hertz Chumash: pp. 288 – 301 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 288 – 301)



Shabbat Mevarchim Chodesh Adar I

Saturday, February 3

Molad Adar I: Fri, 29 minutes and 5 chalakim after 21:00

The molad occurs when the moon has moved far enough from this position that a thin crescent of its illuminated surface becomes visible, marking the start of a new Jewish month. The Hebrew word molad (plural moladot) means birth , and it is also a generic term for New Moon, in the sense of that Moon is born again at the beginning of each lunar cycle.



Rosh Chodesh Adar I 2024 / רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ אַדָר א׳ 5784

Start of month of Adar I (on leap years) on the Hebrew calendar 🌒

Rosh Chodesh Adar I for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on Thursday, 8 February 2024 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 10 February 2024.

Start of month of Adar I (on leap years) on the Hebrew calendar. Adar I (אַדָר א׳) is the 12th month of the Hebrew year, occurs only on leap years, has 30 days, and corresponds to February or March 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.




Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Sunday, February 11, 2024 Hebrew School 10:00am - 12:00pm

Preempted on February 4 as I will be out of town

Zoom Links sent out Saturday Evening after sundown

Our Hebrew class consists of two sessions:

10:00am - 10:40am Learning Hebrew and Hebrew Reading for more advanced students

10:50am - 11:30am Discussing the weekly Torah parashat and other Bible topics



Next Miller Course

Sunday, 11 February 2024, 11:45am - 12:45pm

Module 3: Diversity

Preempted on February 4 as I will be out of town


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