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Rabbi Stephen's Weekly Newsletter for week of 3 September 2023




Kabbalah Thought for this week

"The Zohar teaches that we learn that our primary purpose in life is to complete and perfect creation through our own spiritual transformation and growth"





Announcements

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute

-Events

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Shabbat Services

-School


Calendar

Sunday, 3 September 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

(May be preempted for the Labor Day holiday)

Monday, 4 September 2023-Labor Day (Office Closed)

Thursday, 7 September 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 8 and 9 September 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Saturday, 9 September 2023- S'lichot

Sunday, 10 September 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Monday, 11 September 2023-Torah Study

Thursday, 14 September 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 15, 16 and 17 September 2023-Rosh Hashana Services

Monday, 18 September 2023-Torah Study

Thursday, 21 September 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 22 and 23 September 2023-This week's 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 this week:

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

Sunday, September 10, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm (Board Meeting @ 7:00pm)

Friday, September 15, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat/Rosh Hashana Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, September 17, 2023 - 9:30am - 2:00pm Rosh Hashana II Shacharit

Monday, September 18, 2023 - 9:30am - 1:00pm

Friday, September 22, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, September 24, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)





Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, September 11 at 7:30 pm PT

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

Rosh Hashana 2023 / רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה 5784

The Jewish New Year 🍏🍯

Rosh Hashana for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on Friday, 15 September 2023 and ends at nightfall on Sunday, 17 September 2023.

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim (“Days of Awe”), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teruah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).

Rosh Hashana I (on Shabbat) / רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה יוֹם א׳ (בְּשַׁבָּת) Saturday, 16 September 2023 / 1 Tishrei 5784

Haftarah: I Samuel 1:1-2:10 · 38 p’sukim


Rosh Hashana II / רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה ב׳ Sunday, 17 September 2023 / 2 Tishrei 5784

Haftarah: Jeremiah 31:1-19 · 19 p’sukim




Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 7:30pm

In Judaic Studies, the next thing we’ll be reading are selections from the book of English translations of Yiddish short fiction, Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg, A Treasury of Yiddish Stories. Please read the five stories listed below before our discussion in Zoom class on Thursday, August 31, 7:30 PM. If you have any edition of the book, these stories are in it. If you don’t have the book, we attach electronic copies. 1. Sholom Aleichem, “Dreyfus in Kasrilevke” 2. I. L. Peretz, “Ne’ilah in Gehenna” 3. I. L. Peretz, “If Not Higher” 4. R. Nachman of Bratzlav, “Tale of the Candelabrum” 4. Abraham Reisen, “The Poor Community” For background of the first two stories, you may wish to look at: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-dreyfus-affair/ https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/neilah-service/ and, for “Gehenna,” https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/heaven-and-hell-in-jewish-tradition/



Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, September 86:46 – 6:46pm

Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, September 97:53 – 7:53pm

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, September 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, September 9, 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 Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת נִצָּבִים־וַיֵּלֶךְ

9 September 2023 / 23 Elul 5783

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech is the 51st and 52nd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30

In Nitzavim (“Standing”), Moses addresses the Israelites, emphasizing the importance of following God’s covenant and of not worshiping other gods. He describes the process of repentance and returning to God, and stresses that God’s commandments are achievable and “not in the heavens.” Vayeilech (“He Went”) opens as Moses tells the Israelites that he will not lead them into the Land of Israel, and that Joshua will take over. He instructs the Israelites to gather and read Torah publicly every seven years. At God’s command, Moses writes a poem bearing witness to God’s covenant with the Israelites. [1]

Triennial year 1

1: 29:9-11 · 3 p’sukim ·

2: 29:12-14 · 3 p’sukim ·

3: 29:15-28 · 14 p’sukim ·

4: 30:1-3 · 3 p’sukim ·

5: 30:4-6 · 3 p’sukim ·

6: 30:7-10 · 4 p’sukim ·

7: 30:11-14 · 4 p’sukim ·

maf: 30:11-14 · 4 p’sukim · or 31:28-30 · 3 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9 · 23 p’sukim


Commentary and Divrei Torah


Hertz Chumash: pp. 878 – 882 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 878 – 891)

*Note that we are now doing the Triennial reading for our Shabbat Torah services. 5783 is Triennial Year 1



Leil Selichot 2023 / סליחות 5783

Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays 🕍

Leil Selichot for Hebrew Year 5783 occurs after nightfall on Saturday, 9 September 2023.

Selichot or slichot (Hebrew: סליחות) are Jewish penitential poems and prayers, especially those said in the period leading up to the High Holidays, and on Fast Days. In the Ashkenazic tradition, it begins on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. If, however, the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday or Tuesday, Selichot are said beginning the Saturday night prior to ensure that Selichot are recited at least four times.


S'lichot

As we all come together to unofficially start the High Holidays




Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Hebrew School is starting up again on Sunday, September 24!

Watch this space for more information on the new format.


Children's Beginning Hebrew Class

Sunday, September 10, 2023 10:00am -10:45am

Preempted due to Labor Day weekend

Please contact us for further details and information

To teach Hebrew to those just entering Hebrew school or would like a refresher.




Miller Course: Introduction to Judaism

Next Session: Sunday, September 10, 2023

11:00am - 12:00noon Module 14: Kids

12:00noon - 1:00pm Module 15: Grief

Preempted due to Labor Day weekend

Your Jewish Journey Starts at Miller Intro to Judaism

Welcome to the Miller Intro to Judaism Program! We invite you to explore Judaism with us. Whether you are in an interfaith relationship, re-discovering your Jewish heritage, or seek to convert to Judaism, we are here to support your journey.

The core of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is an 18-week course that surveys Jewish living and practice, including history, ritual, culture, texts, and values. Classes are designed to be highly interactive, with much time for discussion and questions, and include personalized instruction in reading Hebrew.




High Holidays: Venue for services

S'lichot Saturday, September 9, 2023 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Live and on Zoom and streamed on Facebook


Erev Rosh Hashanah 1 Friday, September 15, 2023 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Rosh Hashanah 1 Saturday, September 16, 2023 9:30am – 12:30pm

Rosh Hashanah 2 Sunday, September 17, 2023 9:30am – 12:30pm

Shabbat Shuva Ma’ariv Friday, September 22, 2023 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Shabbat Shuva Shaharit Saturday, September 23, 2023 9:30am – 12:00pm

Erev Yom Kippur Sunday, September 24, 2023 6:10pm – 8:10pm

Candle lighting / הדלקת נרותSunday, September 246:26 – 6:26pm

Yom Kippur Shaharit Monday, September 25, 2023 9:30am – 1:30pm (?)

Yom Kippur Mincha Monday, September 5, 2023 4:15pm – 7:20pm (Break fast)

Havdalah (50 min)/ הבדלה - 50 דקותMonday, September 257:20 – 7:20pm

A big thank you to the Pumerantz family for sponsoring our Break-the-Fast!


Erev Sukkot Ma’ariv 1 Friday, September 29, 2023 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Sukkot Shaharit 1 Saturday, September 30, 2023 9:30am – 12:15pm

Erev Sukkot Ma’ariv 2 Saturday, September 30, 2023 7:30pm – 8:45pm (Probably livestream on Zoom)

Sukkot Shaharit 2 Sunday, October 1, 2023 9:30am – 12:15pm


Shaharit Shmini Atzeret/Yizkor Saturday, October 7, 2023 9:30am – 12:15pm

Erev Simhat Torah Saturday, October 7, 2023 7:30pm – 9:00pm

**Shaharit Simhat Torah Sunday, October 8, 2023 9:30pm – 12:15pm


Rosh Hashana 2023 / רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה 5784

The Jewish New Year 🍏🍯

Rosh Hashana for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on Friday, 15 September 2023 and ends at nightfall on Sunday, 17 September 2023.


Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally “head of the year”), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim (“Days of Awe”), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teruah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).

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