Wednesday, October 18, 2017

REBIRTH OF MAN – AND GOD

Parashat Noach
1 Cheshvan 5778 / 20-21 October 2017
Torah Reading: Genesis 6:9 - 11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24 (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh)

Dedications and Calendar of Events are below.

Please feel free to pass this on to a friend, and please cite the source.
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REBIRTH OF MAN – AND GOD

"And God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark, and God caused a wind to blow across the earth, and the waters subsided." Genesis 8:1

In "The Five Books of Miriam", author Ellen Frankel suggests that the affair of the Flood is reminiscent of a birth. The waters are amniotic fluid. The ark is an embryo, and contained within that embryo are the seeds of all life. The embryo floats, without direction, in the water. The child is born, and needs to be raised. The child needs food and instruction. These, Noah and his family receive. They learn agriculture, and they are given rules to live by. These are the Seven Noahide Laws, which prohibit, among other things, murder, idolatry, animal cruelty and sexual misconduct, and which require the establishment of courts of justice.

Thus, the human race is reborn, with knowledge and guidelines which Adam and Eve did not have. I would suggest that God is “reborn” as well. After the disobedience of the first humans, God simply drives them away. In the face of the "corruption of the world", a world inhabited by lawless people, God destroys nearly everyone. But God "reinvents" God’s Self. God remembers - God remembers that God too must have rules, and so God makes a covenant with Noah not to destroy the world again. God finally "gets it" - God understands that those created (merely) in the image of God, the human race, cannot survive without God's guidance.

It's a symbiotic relationship, if you will. God needs us to perfect the world, and we need God to tell us how to do it. Put God's words into action - you might even be reborn.

Have a wonderful Shabbat!

Rabbi Richard A. Flom
Visit me on Facebook
Twitter: @DrahcirMolf
"שתיקה כהודאה דמיא"
"Silence in the face of wrongdoing is consent.”
BT Yevamot 88a
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This d'var torah is offered for a refuah shleimah for Avi Shmuel Yosef Hakohen ben Bella, Ze’ev ben Adeline, Yaakov Rani Ben Margalit, Eilite bat Miryam, HaRav Tzvi Hersh ben Frimet, Sarah bat Devorah, Hiroe Andriola, Susan Arbetman, Stuart Barth, Ken Bitticks, Stana Cooper, Jerry Daniels, Maya Fersht (Maya bat Esther), Dr. Samuel Fersht (Shmuel Natan ben Gittel), Leonard Foint (Eliezer Moshe ben Esther), Jerry Forman, Bernard Garvin, Myra Goodman, Leah Granat, Simon Hartmann, Brandon Joseph, Philip Kovac, Tonya Kronzek (Zlata Malkah bat Sarah Emanu), Lyndia Lowy (Leah bat Sarah), Stuart Lytton, David Marks, Deborah Schugar Strauss (Devorah bat Chaya Feiga), Helen Schugar (Chaya Feiga bat Kreina), Bernard Seeman, and Meagan Yudell.

Please let me know if there is anyone you would like to add to this list or if there is anyone who may be removed from this list.

CALENDAR
Candle lighting: 5:54 pm

Friday – Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm (Oneg Shabbat follows).
Saturday – Breakfast and Torah study - 8:45 am. Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Women’s Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows. Attention all TBH/CBM women of all ages! Contact Carol Herskowitz or Lynn Kronzek to sign up for a part – many still available.
Sunday – Religious School – 9:30 am. Sign up the kids and bring ‘em on down! Would you like to learn to read Hebrew, or how to lead davening, or to chant Torah or Haftarah? Join Adult Hebrew with Lynda Foster at 9:30 am and Barry Glass at 10:00 am! Volunteers needed! To take down the sukkah – not the frame, just the skach. Sunday at 9:30 am.
Tuesday – Lunch and Learn – 12:00 noon.
Friday, October 27 – Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm. Oneg Shabbat follows.
Saturday, October 28 – Breakfast and Torah study - 8:45 am. Shabbat Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows.

TBH Religious School and TBH Pre-school have open enrollment. Enroll your children now! Contact the TBH office for information.

And be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives about our warm and welcoming community and our programs!

We are looking for volunteers for services: chant Torah or Haftarah, daven, lead English readings, and have aliyot and other Torah/bimah honors. Contact Rabbi Flom or Susan Burke by e-mail for details and to sign up!

My weekly divrei torah are available through free subscription to the Cyber Torah e-mail list. No salesman will call!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THE KISS

22 Tishrei 5778 / 12 October 2017
Shemini Atzeret (The Eighth Day of Assembly)
Torah: Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17; Numbers 29:35 - 30:1
Haftarah: 1 Kings 8:54-66

23 Tishrei 5778 / 13 October 2017
Simchat Torah (Joy of the Torah)
Torah: Deuteronomy 33:1 - 34:12 (V’zot Hab’rakhah); Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 (Bereishit); Numbers 29:35 - 30:1
Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18

24 Tishrei 5778 / 14 October 2017
Parashat Bereishit
Torah: Genesis 1:1 – 6:8
Haftarah: Ashkenazim - Isaiah 42:5 – 43:10; Sephardim – Isaiah 42:5-21

This d'var torah is offered for a refuah shleimah for Avi Shmuel Yosef Hakohen ben Bella, Ze’ev ben Adeline, Yaakov Rani Ben Margalit, Eilite bat Miryam, HaRav Tzvi Hersh ben Frimet, Sarah bat Devorah, Hiroe Andriola, Susan Arbetman, Stuart Barth, Ken Bitticks, Elsbet Brosky (Serach bat Miriam), Stana Cooper, Jerry Daniels, Maya Fersht (Maya bat Esther), Dr. Samuel Fersht (Shmuel Natan ben Gittel), Leonard Foint (Eliezer Moshe ben Esther), Jerry Forman, Bernard Gavin, Myra Goodman, Leah Granat, Simon Hartman, Brandon Joseph, Philip Kovac, Tonya Kronzek (Zlata Malkah bat Sarah Emanu), Lyndia Lowy (Leah bat Sarah), Stuart Lytton, David Marks, Deborah Schugar Strauss (Devorah bat Chaya Feiga), Helen Schugar (Chaya Feiga bat Kreina), Bernard Seeman, and Meagan Yudell.

Please let me know if there is anyone you would like to add to this list or if there is anyone who may be removed from this list.

CALENDAR
Candle lighting:
Wednesday - 6:05 pm (and yahrzeit candle if appropriate)
Thursday - 7:00 pm
Friday - 6:03 pm

Thursday – Shemini Atzeret Morning Service (including Yizkor) 9:30 am (light kiddush only – no lunch). Simchat Torah Celebration – 6:30 pm.  Friday – Simchat Torah Morning Service – 9:30 am (light kiddush only – no lunch).  Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm (Oneg Shabbat follows).
Saturday – Breakfast and Torah study - 8:45 am. Shabbat Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows.
Sunday – Religious School – 9:30 am. Sign up the kids and bring ‘em on down! Would you like to learn to read Hebrew, or how to lead davening, or to chant Torah or Haftarah? Join Adult Hebrew with Lynda Foster at 9:30 am and Barry Glass at 10:00 am!
Tuesday – Lunch and Learn – 12:00 noon.
Friday, October 20Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm (Oneg Shabbat follows).
Saturday, October 21Women’s Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Morning Service – 9:30 am. Attention all TBH/CBM women of all ages! Contact Carol Herskowitz or Lynn Kronzek to sign up for a part – many still available. Kiddush luncheon follows.

TBH Religious School and TBH Pre-school have open enrollment. Enroll your children now! Contact the TBH office for information.

And be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives about our warm and welcoming community and our programs!

We are looking for volunteers for services: chant Torah or Haftarah, daven, lead English readings, and have aliyot and other Torah/bimah honors. Contact Rabbi Flom or Susan Burke by e-mail for details and to sign up!

Please feel free to pass this on to a friend, and please cite the source.
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THE KISS

"So Moses the servant of God died there, in the land of Moab, by the mouth of the Lord. He buried him in the valley, in the land of Moab, near Beth-Peor; and no one knows his burial place to this very day." Deuteronomy 34:5-6

This parashah has one of the most touching scenes in the Torah. Moses has spent the entire book of Deuteronomy (I call it "The Long Goodbye") recounting his life and times, as the leader of the Israelites and as the intercessor between them and God. Moses' relationships with the people and with God were fiery. He shepherded the Israelites, protected them from God's wrath, and castigated them.

In their conversations with each other, Moses and God seemed in a strange way like an old married couple - reminding each other of the old days, both good and bad; blaming each other for the faults of the Israelites, like parents arguing over children; seeking deeper understanding of each other; and finally, saying goodbye in a tender way. The Babylonian Talmud says that when Moses died, God took his soul by kissing him.

Today, many of us, whether Jewish or not, say we are seeking spirituality - we may want religious services to be spiritually uplifting, or we may want to feel closer to God in some way. But virtually all of us want it on our terms. It reminds me of my second year in rabbinical school, when there was an early attempt to develop a spirituality program for the students. We used to joke that the program required that "you will be spiritual every Thursday at 10".

What we need to acknowledge is that spiritual life can be like a lovers' relationship - it has its ups and downs, passion, loneliness, anger, intimacy, forgiveness. Why should our relationship with God be easier than our relationships with people? Like any other relationship, it takes a commitment of time, learning and emotion to develop a spiritual life. The payoff is that we know that at the end of our days, we will be able to look back at a life fulfilled; ending in a warm embrace from those we love.

Chag Shemini Atzeret V’Simchat Torah Sameach V'Shabbat Shalom!
These are the seasons of our joy!

Shabbat Shalom! 
Rabbi Richard A. Flom
Visit me on Facebook
Twitter: @DrahcirMolf
"שתיקה כהודאה דמיא"
"Silence in the face of wrongdoing is consent.”
BT Yevamot 87b
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TAKE A WALK IN GOD’S SHOES

15-17 Tishrei 5778 / 5-7 October 2017

Sukkot Days 1 and 2
Torah: Leviticus 22:26-23:44
Maftir: Numbers 29:12-16
Day 1 Haftarah: Zachariah 14:1-21
Day 2 Haftarah: Kings I 8:2-21

Shabbat Chol Hamoed
Torah: Exodus 33:12 - 34:26
Maftir: Numbers 29:17-22
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:16
Additional reading: Ecclesiastes

TBH Religious School and TBH Pre-school have open enrollment. Enroll your children now! Contact the TBH office for information.

And be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives about our warm and welcoming community and our programs!

We are always looking for bimah volunteers for the Shabbatot and Holy Days: chant Torah and Haftarah, daven, lead English readings, and, have aliyot and other honors. Please contact Rabbi Flom or Susan Burke if you are interested. Training available!

Dedications and calendar follow below.

Please feel free to pass this on to a friend, and please cite the source.
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TAKE A WALK IN GOD’S SHOES

'And now, if I have indeed found favor in Your eyes, make Your ways known to me ...' Exodus 33:13

'The Lord passed before (Moses) and proclaimed: "The Lord, the Lord, God, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to Anger, and Abundant in Kindness and in Truth; Preserving Mercy for Thousands of Generations; Forgiving Iniquity, Willful Sin, and Error; and Cleansing ..."' Exodus 34:6-7

In response to Moses' request, God shows God's glory, and describes Godself. These are regarded by Jewish tradition as the Thirteen Attributes of God. The verses are also recited as a prayer on Yom Kippur and other fast days, when we ask God for mercy. But is it only a prayer?

The early rabbinic text, Sifre, says of the commandment "to walk in all His ways" - (Deuteronomy 11:22) - "Just as God is compassionate and gracious, you too must be compassionate and gracious."

This is far more than a prayer that God taught to Moses to be recited at times of crisis. It is a guide to right conduct.

We have just completed the introspective period of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We are now served up this reminder of what it is that we promised God and ourselves only a few days ago - to be better people this year - compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, etc.

Perhaps we can't walk in God's ways all of the time. But every journey begins with a single step. Time to lace up those walking shoes!

Chag Sukkot Sameach V'shabbat Shalom! Mo'adim L'simcha - Chagim Uz'manim L'sasson!

Rabbi Richard A. Flom
Visit me on Facebook
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"שתיקה כהודאה דמיא"
"Silence in the face of wrongdoing is consent.”
BT Yevamot 87b
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Candle lighting:
Wednesday: 6:14 pm
Thursday: 7:09 pm
Friday: 6:12 pm

Thursday: Sukkot Morning Service – 9:30 am – Light Kiddush in the Sukkah
Friday: Sukkot Morning Service – 9:30 am – Light Kiddush in the Sukkah.
Friday evening: Sukkot Dinner – Pizza and Pasta in the Hut! – 6:30 pm RSVP essential! Call TBH office for reservations – Shabbat Evening Service – 7:45 pm.
Saturday – Breakfast and Torah study – 8:45 am. Shabbat Chol HaMoed Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows in the Sukkah. 
Sunday – Religious School – 9:30 am. Sign up the kids and bring ‘em on down!
Tuesday – Lunch and Learn – noon
Thursday, 12 October: Shemini Atzeret Morning Service, including Yizkor – 9:30 am. Simchat Torah Celebration – 6:30 pm – Dance with the Torah! Fun for the Whole Family! - light snacks and drinks served.
Friday, 13 October: Simchat Torah Morning Service – 9:30 am. Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 14 October - Breakfast and Torah study – 8:45 am. Shabbat Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows.

This d'var torah is offered in memory of Ann Signett’s daughter, Judith Decker, who passed away on Saturday night. HaMakom yenachem Otam … May the One in Every Place grant comfort to Ann and her family.

This d'var torah is offered for a refuah shleimah for Avi Shmuel Yosef Hakohen ben Bella, Ze’ev ben Adeline, Yaakov Rani Ben Margalit, Eilite bat Miryam, HaRav Tzvi Hersh ben Frimet, Sarah bat Devorah, Hiroe Andriola, Susan Arbetman, Stuart Barth, Ken Bitticks, Elsbet Brosky (Serach bat Miriam), Stana Cooper, Jerry Daniels, Maya Fersht (Maya bat Esther), Dr. Samuel Fersht (Shmuel Natan ben Gittel), Leonard Foint (Eliezer Moshe ben Esther), Jerry Forman, Bernard Gavin, Myra Goodman, Simon Hartman, Brandon Joseph, Daisy Kay,  Philip Kovac, Tonya Kronzek (Zlata Malkah bat Sarah Emanu), Lyndia Lowy (Leah bat Sarah), Stuart Lytton, David Marks, David Pearlman, Deborah Schugar Strauss (Devorah bat Chaya Feiga), Helen Schugar (Chaya Feiga bat Kreina), Jonathan Woolf, Alexis Woolfson, Simon Woolfson, and Meagan Yudell.

Please let me know if there is anyone you would like to add to this list or if there is anyone who may be removed from this list.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

YOU’VE GOT A SECRET!

25 Elul 5777 / 15-16 September 2017
Parashat Nitzavim - Vayelekh
Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9 (Seventh Haftarah of Consolation)

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 20. Please submit your Membership/High Holy Day ticket forms ASAP! Check your tickets or contact the synagogue office for details on service times and parking. All religious services and programs are at Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., at the corner with Benefit Street.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PARKING!
There is often street parking available in the neighborhood around Temple B’nai Hayim. However, we have arranged for parking and a shuttle at the overflow parking lot of the Sherman Oaks Methodist Church. Because of extremely heavy rush hour traffic, the best way to get to the lot is, from Ventura Blvd., go south (up the hill) on either Hazeltine or Stansbury. Turn right on Dickens, and the lot with its white brick wall is on your right at the northeast corner of Dickens and Beverly Glen, before you get to Beverly Glen. Turn right from Dickens into the lot. Please do not park behind the church - the lot is across Beverly Glen from the church. Do not come up Beverly Glen – there is no left turn onto Dickens permitted before 10 am. If you prefer to walk, the walk from the lot to the synagogue is less than 10 minutes. Allow yourself extra time to get to weekday morning High Holy Day services.







TBH Religious School and TBH Pre-school have open enrollment. Enroll your children now! Contact the TBH office for information.

And be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives about our warm and welcoming community and our programs!

We are looking for volunteers for the High Holy Days: chant Torah and Haftarah, daven, lead English readings, and, have aliyot and other Torah/bimah honors. Contact Rabbi Flom or Susan Burke by e-mail for details and to sign up!

We are now well into the month of Elul, the final run-up to Rosh Hashanah. Jewish tradition teaches that in Elul, we are to engage in “cheshbon hanefesh”, literally “an accounting of the soul” -self-evaluation. As I do every year, I have prepared a Cheshbon Hanefesh worksheet to prepare you for the High Holy Days. For this year’s edition, see: http://rav-rich.blogspot.com/2017/08/cheshbon-hanefesh-worksheet.html

Dedications and calendar follow below.

Please feel free to pass this on to a friend, and please cite the source.
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YOU’VE GOT A SECRET!

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God; and those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may observe all the words of this Torah.” Deuteronomy 29:28

A number of Midrashim say this verse concerns sins committed in private – we cannot hide them - God still knows about them (and so does our conscience!). Some Chasidic teachers say that a person of great modesty and humility is a “tzaddik nistar”, a hidden tzaddik, who conceals his/her righteousness and good deeds from others, by doing them in secret - but God still knows about them. Both of these understandings tie in quite nicely with the traditional theological theme of Yamim Noraim - the Days of Awe that we are about to enter. That is, God takes an accounting of us, toting up the good, the bad and the ugly, and deciding what to do with us in the coming year.

The great Chasidic teacher Menachem Mendel of Kotzk takes a slightly different tack, and applies the verse to “cheshbon hanefesh”, the self-examination, literally the accounting of the soul, that tradition teaches we are to do at this time of year. He says that the tzaddik nistar is one whose righteousness is hidden from the very self - this is someone who has no idea of their own righteousness.

The lesson, as I see it, is that each and every one of us is potentially a tzaddik nistar. The trick is not to think that you really ARE such a tzaddik - there's a certain lack of humility. But, by being totally honest with ourselves in our self-evaluation, we may be able to learn how to continue to behave as well as how not to behave, and we can pass on all of that information to our children, directly and by example. If we do something wrong, we teach our children from our mistakes. And if we do something right, then they see it and we encourage them to follow. In short, don’t be overly hard on yourself - you just might be better than you think you are!

SHABBAT SHALOM!
L’SHANAH TOVAH U’METUKAH TIKATEIVU V’TIKHATEIMU!
MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED AND SEALED FOR A GOOD AND SWEET NEW YEAR!

Rabbi Richard A. Flom
Visit me on Facebook
Twitter: @DrahcirMolf
"שתיקה כהודאה דמיא"
"Silence in the face of wrongdoing is consent.”
BT Yevamot 87b
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Candle lighting: 6:41 pm

Friday – Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm.
Saturday – Breakfast and Torah study - 8:45 am. Shabbat Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows. Selichot Program and Service – 8:00 pm – havdalah, desserts, screen and discuss the film “The Quarrel” – 10:00 pm – Selichot service conducted by Rabbi Flom and Rabbi van Leeuwen.
Sunday – Religious School – 9:30 am. Sign up the kids and bring ‘em on down!
Tuesday – NO Lunch and Learn – resume 9/26.


This d'var torah is offered for a refuah shleimah for Avi Shmuel Yosef Hakohen ben Bella, Ze’ev ben Adeline, Yudit bat Hannah, Yaakov Rani Ben Margalit, Eilite bat Miryam, HaRav Tzvi Hersh ben Frimet, Sarah bat Devorah, Hiroe Andriola, Susan Arbetman, Stuart Barth, Ken Bitticks, Elsbet Brosky (Serach bat Miriam), Stana Cooper, Jerry Daniels, Maya Fersht (Maya bat Esther), Dr. Samuel Fersht (Shmuel Natan ben Gittel), Leonard Foint (Eliezer Moshe ben Esther), Jerry Forman, Bernard Gavin, Myra Goodman, Simon Hartman, Brandon Joseph, Philip Kovac, Tonya Kronzek (Zlata Malkah bat Sarah Emanu), Florence Levinson, Lyndia Lowy (Leah bat Sarah), Stuart Lytton, David Marks, David Pearlman, Deborah Schugar Strauss (Devorah bat Chaya Feiga), Helen Schugar (Chaya Feiga bat Kreina), Alexis Woolfson, Simon Woolfson, and Meagan Yudell.

Please let me know if there is anyone you would like to add to this list or if there is anyone who may be removed from this list.

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Parking Directions for High Holy Day Services

Chaverim:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PARKING!

There is often street parking available in the neighborhood around Temple B’nai Hayim. However, we have arranged for parking and a shuttle at the overflow parking lot of the Sherman Oaks Methodist Church. Because of extremely heavy rush hour traffic, the best way to get to the lot is, from Ventura Blvd., go south (up the hill) on either Hazeltine or Stansbury. Turn right on Dickens, and the lot with its white brick wall is on your right at the northeast corner of Dickens and Beverly Glen, before you get to Beverly Glen. Turn right from Dickens into the lot. Please do not park behind the church - the lot is across Beverly Glen from the church. Do not come up Beverly Glen – there is no left turn onto Dickens permitted before 10 am. If you prefer to walk, the walk from the lot to the synagogue is less than 10 minutes. Allow yourself extra time to get to weekday morning High Holy Day services.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

FULL OF JOY

18 Elul 5777 / 8-9 September 2017
Parashat Ki Tavo
Torah: Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22 (Sixth Haftarah of Consolation)

All religious services and programs are at Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., corner of Benefit Street.

TBH Religious School commences this Sunday, September 10. TBH Pre-school has open enrollment. Enroll your children now! Contact the TBH office for information.

And be sure to tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives about our warm and welcoming community and our programs!

Rosh Hashanah is two (2!) weeks from now! Please submit your Membership/High Holy Day ticket forms ASAP!

We are looking for volunteers for the High Holy Days: chant Torah and Haftarah, daven, lead English readings, and, have aliyot and other Torah/bimah honors. Contact Rabbi Flom or Susan Burke by e-mail for details and to sign up!

We are now well into the month of Elul, the final run-up to Rosh Hashanah. Jewish tradition teaches that in Elul, we are to engage in “cheshbon hanefesh”, literally “an accounting of the soul” -self-evaluation. As I do every year, I have prepared a Cheshbon Hanefesh worksheet to prepare you for the High Holy Days. For this year’s edition, see: http://rav-rich.blogspot.com/2017/08/cheshbon-hanefesh-worksheet.html

Dedications and calendar follow below.

Please feel free to pass this on to a friend, and please cite the source.
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FULL OF JOY

"And you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given to you, and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you. When you have made an end of tithing all the tithes of your increase the third year, the year of tithing, and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and they will be filled." Deuteronomy 26:11-12

Rabbi Barukh Brofman: This is a reference to Birkat Hamazon (Blessing after the Meal) - "Do not let us need the gifts of flesh and blood". For this we thank God. Specifically - "You shall rejoice in every good thing - which the Lord has given you."

Tiferet Shlomo: The Torah adds "and they will be filled" to teach us that one must give generously - otherwise there is no blessing in it.

Most of us do not rely upon charity (tzedakah) - and we SHOULD be thankful for that. But our thanks (through Birkat Hamazon) are empty ritual if we do not do what we can to help others be in a position of thanking God as well. As the first verse implies, God has given every good thing to everyone - so it's up to us that actually have those things to make sure that they are also distributed to those that do not yet have them. 

We learn on Yom Kippur in Unataneh Tokef that "tzedakah reduces the severe decree". (See also Proverbs 10:2 and BT Baba Batra 10a – “charity delivers from death”) It does not mean that our charity saves us – rather, our tzedakah reduces the severe decree that might otherwise be imposed on others, the recipients of our gifts.

Celebrate through giving - then you and they will be filled - with joy.

Shabbat Shalom! 
Rabbi Richard A. Flom
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"שתיקה כהודאה דמיא"
"Silence in the face of wrongdoing is consent.”
BT Yevamot 87b
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Candle lighting: 6:51 pm

Friday – Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm.
Saturday – Breakfast and Torah study - 8:45 am. Shabbat Morning Service – 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows.
Sunday – Religious School – 9:30 am. Sign up the kids and bring ‘em on down!
Tuesday – Lunch and Learn – 12:00 Noon.
Friday, September 15 – Shabbat Evening Service – 7:30 pm. Oneg Shabbat follows.
Saturday, September 16 – Light Breakfast and Torah Study – 8:45 am. Shabbat Morning Service - 9:30 am. Kiddush luncheon follows. Selichot Program and Service – 8:00 pm – havdalah, desserts, screen and discuss the film “The Quarrel” – 10:00 pm – Selichot service conducted by Rabbi Flom and Rabbi van Leeuwen.
Sunday, September 17 – Religious School – 9:30 am. Sisterhood Meeting – 11:00 am.

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This d'var torah is offered for a refuah shleimah for Avi Shmuel Yosef Hakohen ben Bella, Ze’ev ben Adeline, Yudit bat Hannah, Yaakov Rani Ben Margalit, Eilite bat Miryam, HaRav Tzvi Hersh ben Frimet, Sarah bat Devorah, Hiroe Andriola, Susan Arbetman, Stuart Barth, Ken Bitticks, Elsbet Brosky (Serach bat Miriam), Stana Cooper, Jerry Daniels, Maya Fersht (Maya bat Esther), Dr. Samuel Fersht (Shmuel Natan ben Gittel), Leonard Foint (Eliezer Moshe ben Esther), Jerry Forman, Bernard Gavin, Myra Goodman, Simon Hartman, Brandon Joseph, Philip Kovac, Tonya Kronzek (Zlata Malkah bat Sarah Emanu), Florence Levinson, Stuart Lytton, David Marks, David Pearlma, Deborah Schugar Strauss (Devorah bat Chaya Feiga), Helen Schugar (Chaya Feiga bat Kreina), Alexis Woolfson, Simon Woolfson, and Meagan Yudell.

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Parashat Noach 1 Cheshvan 5778 / 20-21 October 2017 Torah Reading: Genesis 6:9 - 11:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24 (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh) ...