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Rabbi Shmuel's newsletter for week of 4 February 2024





Kabbalah Thought for this week:

"The righteous are made to suffer trials and afflictions in this world, precisely because they do not associate with the Other Side, whose realm this is. Yet Hashem will deliver the righteous from all ills."




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

Thursday, 8 February 2024-Board Meeting

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

Sunday, 18 February 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Monday, 19 February 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 22 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 23 & 24 February 2024-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 25 February 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course




*My schedule is below, 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.

Mi Sheberach List_Revised
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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.

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

Thursday, February 8, 2024 1:00pm - 7:00pm (Board Meeting @ 7:00pm)

Friday, February 9, 2024 1:30pm - 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)

Tuesday, February 20, 2023 11:15am - 6:15pm (Invocation for Ontario City Council @ 6:30pm)

Friday, February 25, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, February 26, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)







Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, February 12 at 7:30 pm PT

Out of town on Monday February 5

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

Parashat Terumah 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת תְּרוּמָה

17 February 2024 / 8 Adar I 5784

Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1-27:19

Terumah (“Donation”) opens as God tells Moses to collect donated materials in order to build a dwelling place for God called the Mishkan (Tabernacle). God describes how to build the vessels that will fill the Mishkan - including the ark, table, menorah, and sacrificial altar - as well as the Mishkan’s walls and curtains. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah

Hertz Chumash: pp. 330 – 333 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 326 – 336)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 452 – 459 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 444 – 463)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 491 – 495 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 485 – 498)



Board Meeting

Thursday, February 8, 2024

7:00pm - 9:00pm





Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 7:30pm

Preempted on February 8 due to Monthly Board Meeting

 We will be reading the Torah portion Kedoshim, Leviticus/VaYikra chapters 19-20, together with three commentaries: one is from an Orthodox source, one from a Conservative source, and one from a Reform source.  Read ahead if you like!  But it’s not required.

 Here is an internet link to the Biblical text of Kedoshim on Sefaria:  https://www.sefaria.org/Leviticus.19.1-20.27?lang=bi&aliyot=1

Also a PDF file of the text of Kedoshim in Hebrew and English is attached.  

 We will also be reading three commentaries, one from the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, one from the Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary, and one from the Reform movement.  (Note: Judy has changed which Conservative commentary we’re reading, because the most recent one was from a Shabbat that was Rosh Hodesh and the commentary was mostly about that; instead she went back a couple of years to one by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Nevins).  PDF files of all three of these commentaries are attached.

Please join us!  It should be interesting.




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.



Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

🕯️ Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, February 95:10pm

✨ Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, February 106:08pm

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 Mishpatim 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת מִּשְׁפָּטִים

10 February 2024 / 1 Adar I 5784

Parashat Mishpatim is the 18th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Triennial year 2

1: 22:4-8 · 5 p’sukim ·  

2: 22:9-12 · 4 p’sukim ·  

3: 22:13-18 · 6 p’sukim ·  

4: 22:19-26 · 8 p’sukim ·  

5: 22:27-23:5 · 9 p’sukim ·  

6: 23:6-13 · 8 p’sukim ·  

7: 23:14-19 · 6 p’sukim ·  

maf*: Numbers 28:9-15 · 7 p’sukim · *Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Haftarah*Isaiah 66:1-24 · 24 p’sukim  *Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Commentary and Divrei Torah 

Hertz Chumash: pp. 311 – 318 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 306 – 322)

D'var Torah for Parashat Mishpatim 5784 10 February 2024
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In-Person 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

Join us as we learn about and discuss Shabbat



Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Sunday, February 18, 2024 Hebrew School 10:00am - 12:00pm

Zoom Links sent out Saturday Evening after sundown

Our Hebrew Class consists of two sessions:

10:00am - 10:40pm Learning Hebrew

10:50am - 11:30am Studying Torah and other related 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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