WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

February 15, 2017

 

Weekly Newsletter

   

Friday

Candle lighting   

5:15pm

Evening services

5:20pm

Saturday

Morning services 

9:30am

David Koral will deliver the Dvar Torah

Kiddush sponsored by Amy Barton and Ashby Parsons in honor of their son Elijah

Shabbat Ends   

6:20pm

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office closed and no services

Hebrew School on hiatus

   

It seems slightly odd that the portion introducing the 10 Commandments should be named after a non Jew and former idolator. The great commentator, Ohr HaChaim, explains that it was important to demonstrate to the Israelites, on the eve of their great experience at Mount Sinai, that there is indeed tremendous wisdom out there in the form of many human beings. As such they could never conclude that their status in this world was due to any inherent talent because indeed the same talent is present throughout the human race. Rather, it would only be with the acceptance and practice of the Torah that the Israelites could ever claim a leg up on the rest of the world.

Congratulations to Elijah Parsons who will be reprising his Haftarah this Saturday at services upon the occasion of his 2nd Bar Mitzvah anniversary.

The Rabbi is in Israel and therefore Thursday Adult Education is on hiatus this week

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.  Harold Kushner

 

 

 

February 1, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Adult Education resumes tomorrownight! (Thursday)

Proverbs/Mishlei at6pm

Jewish Prayer/Siddur at 6:45pm

Friday

Candle lighting 4:56pm

Evening services5:10pm

Saturday

Morning services9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco celebrating his Bar Mitzvah anniversary and their daughter Edie Noa

Shabbat ends 6pm

Monday

Hebrew School

Rabbi Soloveitchik points out that God uses 2 separate terms when instructing Moses to approach Pharaoh. Sometimes Moses is told “Lech” and others, like in our portion, Moses is told “Bo”. He says that Lech is used in public and Bo in private indicating that Pharaoh had 2 separate personas. In public, Pharaoh had an image to maintain and as such had to be confronted directly and almost harshly. But in private, apparently even Pharaoh was just like anyone else and could potentially be reached as a human being and not the arrogant tyrant he portrayed himself to be.

 

He concludes from this dichotomy that in attempting to resolve conflicts with any particular individual one must take into account the circumstances and structure one’s strategy accordingly.

 

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them. FRANCIS BACON

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue regrets to inform you of the passing of Betsy Tick, sister of Paul Ruffer. Shiva will be held will be held at 165 Duane St., Apt. 9C

Saturday Night, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Sunday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Shacharit at 8:30 am) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Mincha followed by Maariv at 5:00 pm)

New on our website: ¡Club Latino! Para hispanoparlantes

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
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January 12, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting4:33pm

 

Evening services4:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

(Need sponsors for the next couple of weekends!)

 

Shabbat ends 5:35pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office OPEN

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

All services held with the exception of Maariv

In his last will and testament to his sons Jacob confers on Judah the blessing “white toothed from milk” meaning that his pasture land will be so fertile there will be abundant milk produced by his livestock. The midrash plays upon this phrase by inverting it: more valuable than milk is the gift of showing the white of one’s teeth (smile!). What the midrash is trying to convey is the importance of always having a pleasant countenance.

 

Even without trying we often leave our faces in a scowl or something similar, and this is unfortunate because anyone we come across will misread our mood and possibly become morose themselves. Conversely, if we show happiness, we may change their mood for the better. Let us develop the awareness necessary to always have a smile ready for anyone coming our way!

 

From the Chesed Committee:

 

"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart

 

MLK Weekend Service Project: Transforming Spaces for Older Adults

In partnership with UJA-Federation and the help of volunteers like you, Educational Alliance is doing a dynamic refurbishment of the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, an innovative senior center in the East Village, during MLK weekend. Activities include painting murals, building furniture, and more!

TriBeCa Synagogue will be doing the Sunday morning shift but shifts are available:

 

  • Sunday January 15 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts
  • Monday, January 16 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts

 

TriBeCa Synagogue is a supporter of the upcoming Mega Challah Bake February 5, at the Grand Hyatt from 11am-12:30pm!

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
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January 5, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday

 

BBYO! 6:30pm to 8pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting4:26pm

 

Evening services4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Eli Weiss doing the major amount of the parsha!

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eli and Yael Weiss in honor of his Bar Mitzvah anniversary.

 

Shabbat ends 5:30pm

 

Sunday/10th of Tevet

Mourning the commissioning of the Septuagint and other tragedies.

 

Fast begins 6:07am

 

Fast ends 5:32pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

In the final negotiations between Joseph and his brothers regarding the fate of Benjamin, which were extremely intense, Judah takes the lead. This is strange because Reuben was the oldest and one might have thought that it was his role. Rashi explains that Judah was interceding as he had the most to lose as he guaranteed Benjamin’s return with his eternal life.

 

The question is why Jacob accepted this guarantee but not the one that Reuben made in last week’s portion?

 

A closer comparison of the two guarantees reveals the difference: Reuben offered the lives of his children while Judah only offered himself. And while Jacob wasn’t interested in either of these outcomes he recognized that no one seriously offers one’s children and that Reuben did not really think before he spoke. Conversely, in desperate situations, it is not unusual to see people sacrifice themselves for the common good so Jacob could feel secure that Judah thought before he made this commitment to return Benjamin.

 

In tight situations we are often tempted to say whatever we think will get us out off the spot. Let us learn from Judah that our words are precious and should only be expended after careful consideration!

From the Chesed Committee:

MLK Weekend Service Project: Transforming Spaces for Older Adults

In partnership with UJA-Federation and the help of volunteers like you, Educational Alliance is doing a dynamic refurbishment of our Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, an innovative senior center in the East Village. Activities include painting murals, building furniture, and more!

· Sunday January 15 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts

· Monday, January 16 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts

Note: Shifts are available on Sunday and Monday, but our group will be doing Sunday AM if you can make that time.

For more information, contact Sam Greenberg atsamgreenberg@mannycantor.org or 646.395.4256.

 

A vote in the House of Representatives is being taken on a resolution sponsored by Ed Royce (R-KS) and Kevin McCarthy to repeal or alter the UN Resolution 2334. Please contact your local representatives expressing your support for this resolution.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue is a supporter of the upcoming Mega Challah Bake February 5, at the Grand Hyatt from 11am-12:30pm!

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
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December 16, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:11am

Evening services   4:30pm

Young Professionals

Cocktails   5:30pm

Dinner   6pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

Sunday

Men’s Basketball   7pm

201 Warren Street

Monday

Hebrew School

Coming Attractions:

Family Havdalah and Menorah lighting

And Chanukah Party!

Saturday December 24th   6-8pm

Adult Pre New Year’s Eve Chanukah Party

Saturday December 31st   6-8pm

 

Jacob struggles with a mysterious being and is injured in the thigh area which leaves him limping. Interpretations abound regarding the symbolism but the idea that speaks most to this time of year is that although Jacob is compromised physically, he emerges from the conflict whole as an individual. Both he and his adversary learn that ultimately his and his future nation’s strength is not to be quantified physically but spiritually. Throughout our history we have been knocked down physically on so many levels but we have survived and even thrived.

This message is especially important as we enter the joyous season of Chanukah which does celebrate a military miracle but the ritual we observe, lighting the menorah, has nothing to do with that victory. Rather the emphasis is on our spiritual and cultural preservation that was achieved at that auspicious era.

Yaffa and Vito Licari report from Israel that the brit of their grandson Yonatan was a lovely affair and they look forward to their return to the synagogue to share their simcha.

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December 8, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter
 
Candle lighting   4:10pm
 
Evening services 4:20pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services 9:30am
 
Benny Glass reading the
Torah for his Bar Mitzvah anniversary
 
Eli Weiss delivering the Dvar Torah
 
Kiddush sponsored generously but anonymously
 
Shabbat ends   5:15pm
 
Sunday
 
Men's Basketball   7pm
201 Warren Street 3rd floor
 
Monday 
 
Hebrew School 
   Sonya Kanelstrand

There are oceans of ink spilled to explain the significance of the ladder in Jacob's dream but ultimately the purpose of a ladder is to make it possible to reach a place that couldn't be reached without it. It may be as simple as facilitating someone to reach the top bunk or as esoteric as allowing one to transcend the physical realm and enter the spiritual realm i.e. "the land to the sky".

 
What our sages insist is that the only way to breach the chasm between these realms, for the Jewish nation, is the study and practice of Torah.
 
Coming Friday December 16th Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner!
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October 6, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   6:09pm

Evening services   6:15pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Dvar Torah by the Haftarah Man!

Special Kiddush

Post Kiddush Seminar on Tehillim 12:45pm

Shabbat Ends   7:15pm

Monday/Columbus Day

Office open/all services

Selichot 7am

Hebrew School IN SESSION

Tuesday

Selichot   7:15am

Mincha   1:40pm & 6pm  

This week we have the last mitzvah of the Torah called Hakhel: every 7 years the people gather, man, woman and child, to Jerusalem to hear the King read the book of Deuteronomy. And although this took place on Sukkot, the sages place this in the calendar right before Yom Kippur because in modern times that’s when the vast majority of the Jewish community can be found in synagogue. This becomes the springboard for much discussion regarding the propriety of small children in services but at TriBeCa Synagogue we throw caution to the wind and welcome all children with open arms!

Additionally this weekend is known as Shabbat Shuva, falling during the 10 Days of Penitence, which is when our fate hangs in the balance in the aftermath of the Day of Judgment leading up to the final opportunity of Yom Kippur. As such we are excited to announce that The Haftarah Man comes to TriBeCa Synagogue! Reuben Ibrahimoff will explain one of the most important haftarot of the year – Shuva Yisrael - during services. He will also present an “Introduction to Psalms” right after Kiddush. Please be part of this wonderful way to keep the momentum going during this high holiday season.

Special congratulations to our president Isaac Fuhrmann and his wife Ana for the birth of their daughter this week! Details for the baby naming will be forthcoming.

Call for help assembling the Sukkah this Sunday at 9am!! Please contact Susan Blakeley.

From the Chesed Committee:

Get your year off to a great start with the mitzvah of providing food to the hungry.  Please join our first annual High Holy Days Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of the City of NY.  As we fast this Yom Kippur, we will again join hundreds of other congregations in collecting food for the hungry.  Together we can continue the Torah tradition of leaving the produce of the corners of our fields for the needy.

Between 18 and 20 million Americans are estimated to go hungry year round; eight million who are suffering from hunger are children.  When you come to Kol Nidre services please bring a quantity of kosher non-perishable high protein food (canned goods, cereal, rice, beans, pasta or other dry staples - please no glass containers) or baby formula for our annual food drive. 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
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September 21, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Adult Education Today!

Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm

Hebrew Reading   6:45pm

Seminar on Teshuva   7:30pm

 

Thursday

BBYO BBQ!   6:30pm

Please encourage all teens to come, have fun and meet more kids!

 

Friday

Candle lighting   6:33pm

Evening services   6:40pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Rezo Kanovich for the yahrtzeit of his mother

Shabbat ends   7:36pm

 

Monday

Daily Selichot   7am

Hebrew School

 


We begin this week with a full discussion of the mitzvah of Bikurim, the first fruits. This involved putting a marker on whatever of the 7 species one was growing and then, upon ripening, gathering them and bringing them to Jerusalem on Shavuot. At the end of the description the verse seems to editorialize, explaining that “you will rejoice…with your household, the Levite and the sojourner in your midst.

Both the classic commentators and more modern approaches insist that this addition wasn’t arbitrary. Namely that true simcha, or rejoicing, is only possible when one is inclusive and sharing. However, this ideal gets more and more challenging as the devices in our life are constantly pulling us inward and away from social contact. The upcoming holidays give us a golden opportunity to triumph against this unfortunate trend by bringing us, with our friends and family, back to the community to enjoy this special season.

Congratulations to Alexandra Kule and Edmond Parhami for their upcoming wedding this Saturday night!

From the Chesed Committee:

Get your year off to a great start with the mitzvah of providing food to the hungry.  Please join our first annual High Holy Days Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of the City of NY.  As we fast this Yom Kippur, we will again join hundreds of other congregations in collecting food for the hungry.  Together we can continue the Torah tradition of leaving the produce of the corners of our fields for the needy.

Between 18 and 20 million Americans are estimated to go hungry year round; eight million who are suffering from hunger are children.  When you come to Kol Nidre services please bring a quantity of kosher non-perishable high protein food (canned goods, cereal, rice, beans, pasta or other dry staples - please no glass containers) or baby formula for our annual food drive.

Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org

 
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September 15, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   6:44pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Eitan and Juliana Goldman in honor of his father’s 80th birthday

Wine tasting with Jacques Capsouto!1pm

Shabbat ends   7:50pm

Monday

Hebrew School!

Wednesday/Adult Education

Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm

Hebrew Reading   6:45pm 

Seminar on Teshuva   7:30pm

Thursday

BBYO Blowout BBQ   6:30pm


 

The last two items in this week’s portion seem completely unrelated but we know that there always has to be a connection!

Specifically we first have the warning against using false weights and measures and then a reprise of the nation of Amalek, who first burst on to the scene directly after the splitting of the Red Sea. A person is tempted to cheat when one doesn’t recognize the divine guidance of events. Otherwise, what’s the purpose? One may get away with something in the short term but there will always be consequences eventually. Amalek was that force in the world that indeed challenged this reality and always lived as if life was entirely random. This is why the Torah felt they were so destructive and thus worthy of annihilation.

We have discussed many times what the modern approach to Amalek is but this week provides a very practical example.

TriBeCa Synagogue welcomes Rabbi Levi Welton, formerly of the Hampton Synagogue, and his wife Chavi, to our community to conduct services in Rabbi Glass’ absence. Rabbi Welton will be conducting the Community Service for Yom Kippur along with other functions in our efforts to open our synagogue to an even wider audience.

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49 White Street
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September 8, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Tonight

BBYO returns to TriBeCa Synagogue   6:30pm

Encourage all teens!

Friday

Candle lighting   6:56pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Kiddush sponsored by Scott and Maya Symon celebrating their return to our community!

“Art for Healing” selected readings   1pm

Shabbat ends   8pm

Monday

Hebrew School Inaugural and Orientation!

All children welcome to audit

Wednesday/Adult Education

Proverbs   6pm

Hebrew Reading   6:45pm

SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

Seminar on Teshuva   7:30pm

A spiritual prep for the High Holidays


 

Although the system of government proclaimed by the Torah has many key differences with the modern American system, it is amazing how far both systems go to create a separation of powers. We introduce the concept of a king, but that king is primarily to serve as a model of behavior for the population and generally only fight defensive wars. There is a court system that also in essence “legislates” and functions completely independently of the king. Finally there is a priestly class (kehuna) to perform the spiritual needs of society and not subject to the temporal authority of the king as well.

Unfortunately this system didn’t always play out properly as when the people demanded a king from Samuel it was for the wrong reasons. Additionally we know that later on the monarchy overstepped its authority and exerted inappropriate influence on the priesthood. Still and all we admire the goal of the Torah to create a society of an essentially self governing populace with government’s role being primarily one of moral guidance.

This year is the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and TriBeCa Synagogue continues in its role of memorial sanctuary for the community by inviting the organization “Art For Healing” to make a presentation at the synagogue this Shabbat. Directly after services we will hear an introduction about the organization and then at 1pm we will hear a series of individuals reading from a compilation of prose and poetry dedicated to the experience of 9/11.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
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September 1, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting   7:08pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9:30am
 
Kiddush sponsored by David Otman in honor of his upcoming wedding to Irina Binikiouw in our sanctuary
 
Shabbat ends   8:10pm
 
Monday/Legal Holiday
 
Office Closed/No Services
 
Upcoming Special Educational Opportunities!!
 
Wednesday September 7th
 
Beginners Hebrew Reading   6:45pm
 
Wednesday September 14th
 
Seminar on Teshuva (Repentance)   7:30pm
 
For Youth!!
 
BBYO returns to Tribeca Synagogue this Thursday at 6:30pm

 
This Shabbat we celebrate the new month of Elul, the final month of the Hebrew calendar. As one can imagine this month is heavily associated with repentance - teshuva, because it remains the last opportunity to get our spiritual affairs in order before Judgment Day.
 
Its "mazal" (sign) is Betula, which we call Virgo, at first glance seems to have nothing to do with the theme of the month, but there actually is a profound connection. The most basic premise in Judaism of repentance is that any person has the potential to completely erase the consequences of bad behavior. We are NOT shackled to the past so both spiritually AND physically anyone can return to their pristine starting point in life.
 
This concept is emphasized by the style of dancing that happens throughout the high holiday season when we dance in circles called m'cholot. What we are acting out is the process by which we "return" to the exact place we started from before life took us in directions with which we weren't so happy.
 
Of course we still have this opportunity when we arrive at Rosh HaShana itself but the sages insist that it is both easier and more effective to begin the process now!
 
Tribeca Synagogue congratulates Rabbi and Mrs. Glass for the birth of a grandson this week to their daughter Elke and son in law Elazar Bronstein. The Bris will be held this Sunday in Far Rockaway at 827 Cornega Ave. Services will be held at 8:10am and the ceremony will begin at approximately 9:30am, a collation will follow.
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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
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August 10, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   7:39pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Dvar Torah presented by Eli Weiss

Kiddush sponsored by Eli and Yael Weiss together with Neil Wallin and Eve Goldberg

Desserts sponsored by Richard and Audrey Fraenkel in honor of the wedding of Kyle and Erica

Rabbi's Talk   1:15pm

Mincha   1:30pm

Please prepare for the fast at home!

Tisha B'Av/Saturday Evening

Shabbat ends 8:46pm

Evening service   9pm

Eicha   9:15pm
(Lamentations)

Sunday

Morning services   8:30am
(Limited Kinot)


 
This week we begin the Book of Dvarim (Deuteronomy) which is always read right before the 9th of Av, which begins this Saturday evening. Technically the 9th of Av is actually on Shabbat but the fast is pushed off to the next day. Although Shabbat is supposed to reign supreme there are numerous hints to the "elephant in the room" with the melodies that are sung both Friday night at Kabalat Shabbat and the Torah and Haftarah readings.

It is this kind of mixed emotions that will be further exemplified by our bidding farewell to the Butler Family this weekend as they make their move to New Rochelle. It cannot be emphasized enough how towering a presence they have been for the last almost 18 years. Etan has served as President, Executive Vice President and trustee as well as a Guest of Honor at our benefit. He and Stephanie have been very generous to the synagogue and we have watched their 3 children, Zahava, Lev and Gal grow up in our sanctuary.

We are grateful to Eli and Yael Weiss along with Neil Wallin and Eve Goldberg for their generous sponsorship of this week's Kiddush in their honor and Eli will deliver the heartfelt Dvar Torah.

Finally, we are thrilled to welcome back the Fraenkel family to services celebrating the recent marriage of their daughter Erica to Kyle just a couple of weeks ago. Richard and Audrey sent both their children Lance and Erica to our Hebrew School and they were both Bnei Mitzvah in our sanctuary. They are longtime devoted members and are sponsoring desserts in honor of the happy couple.
 
New publication from Roz Bernstein!:
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August 4, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday/Rosh Chodesh Av

Morning services   7:10am

Candle lighting   7:48pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   8:50pm

For Next Week - Shabbat Hazon!

TriBeCa Synagogue bids farewell to our longtime devoted Butler family who will be attending their last Shabbat here before their move to New Rochelle

Next Saturday evening begins the fast of the 9th of Av and we will be gathering beforehand for Mincha, Seudah Shlishit, Torah talk, Evening services and Eicha.

More details forthcoming first thing next week.


 
 
This week is a double portion and in fact is the longest Torah reading in the calendar. The second portion begins with a dry recap of all the stops of the Israelites in the desert, all 42 of them. There are many explanations as to why this recap was felt to be necessary but the Sforno's approach seems to be the most uplifting.

The book of Numbers is replete from beginning to end documenting the many failures of the people both individually and collectively. Yet, after all is said and done, the fact is that they journeyed faithfully for decades going from place to place no matter what the circumstances were.

Finally, one could consider it a foreshadowing of Jewish life after exile. Just like there was divine guidance through all kinds of pitfalls in the "diaspora" of the Sinai desert, so too would there be this guidance throughout the many difficult times in galut. May it come to a speedy end!
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July 28, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

 Friday
 
Candle lighting   7:56pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9:30am
 
Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue
 
Shabbat ends   9pm


 
 
The daughters of Tzlophchad bring their claim for the land of Israel based on inheritance from their father. The sages say this is the last piece of evidence attesting to the true love of the land inherent in the women of the Israelites. According to them this love manifested itself throughout the exodus until they actually crossed the border. Indeed, because of this love, they were impervious to the sin of the spies and even the sin of the golden calf. And this can also explain one aspect of the surprising Talmudic statement that only in the merit of the  Israelite women did our nation merit the exodus from Egypt.
 
Specifically, the whole purpose of the exodus was to make it to the promised land. Thus it only made sense to go through all this history if the beneficiaries of that history wouldreally be committed to its goal.
 
The funeral for Jerome D. Schwartz, brother of our member Ivan Brice, will be taking place this Monday as per this funeral announcement:
http://www.sollevinson.com/notice.php?lr=loc&id=27925
Ivan will be attending services at the synagogue this Friday evening to mourn with the congregation.
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49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
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July 20, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   8:03pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided in honor of Rabbi Glass' 39th Birthday :)

Shabbat ends   9:05pm

Sunday/17th of Tammuz*

Fast begins   4:33pm

Fast ends  9:05pm

*Commemorates the breach of the walls of Jerusalem heralding the eventual destruction of the temple and exile.


 
 
This week offers us a fascinating comparison between two individuals who had completely different reactions to a similar phenomenon. Balak "sees" the success of the Israelites in their conflict with the Canaanites and decides to fight back. Earlier on we had Jethro who "heard" everything that happened to the Egyptians and instead was inspired to change his life.

Rabbi Munk says that the key to understanding the difference is in the verbs used to describe their reaction. Seeing would indicate simply observing an event and letting it wash over the person without any introspection. Hearing (Shmiah) indicates an analysis of an event for the purpose of searching for meaning.

Most likely the difference is reflective of who is having the experience; the message being that how we react to events in life is reflective of the kind of person we want to be.

Congratulations again to Shimon and Elyse Zlotnikov who will be celebrating the brit milah of their son tomorrow 9am at the synagogue!

Our members Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin can be found in the Wall Street Journal here:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-mother-honors-her-late-son-by-helping-addicts-have-a-little-fun-1468879548
Read about the wonderful work they are doing in memory of their son Isaac Goldberg Volkmar!
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July 8, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday
 
Candle lighting   8:11am
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush sponsored anonymously
 
(Seeking sponsors for the summer!)
 
Shabbat ends   9:15pm
 
Summer office hours Monday through Thursday   9am – 3pm
 
Friday office hours 9am – 1pm



The mains theme of this week is “machloket” which refers to the kind of conflict that splits communities. Korach’s rebellion against Moses’ authority threw the Israelites into total chaos. But is all debate “traif”? On the contrary, in Ethics of the Fathers it makes clear that there is “kosher” argumentativeness, but specifies that it has to be in the model of Hillel and Shammai.
 
What’s the difference? The key phrase is L’Shem Shamayim, for the purpose of heaven, which implies an objective search for the truth rather than for an ulterior motive. In the case of Korach the motivation was jealousy as opposed to the lofty rhetoric that he spouted at the time.
 
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June 22, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday
 
Candle lighting   8:13pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Rami and Joy Mishani for the aufruf of their future son in law David Halberstein
 
Shabbat ends   9:20pm
 
Adult Education on extended hiatus


This week we are confronted with the unsavory incident of the people demanding meat and their unfortunate end. The scenario begins with the term “mitonenim” or complaining, which means that according to the Torah their claims were not legitimate. As a matter of fact, Rashi goes to great lengths to demonstrate their hollowness by pointing out that it was clear they all had quite a bit of livestock. So, on the one hand, we have to put into perspective the fact that they had just entered a great desert and had a right to be a little uneasy. But on the other hand they were the people who witnessed the great scene at Sinai and were expected to have a little patience.
 
This kind of discussion always resonates with me when I think of how blessed we are to be living when and where we do. I marvel when I come across people of chronic negativity against the backdrop of a life unimaginable just a couple of generations ago. I want to warn these people that there are no guarantees in life, and just like God provided you with all these wonderful things He can just as easily take them away. Appreciate what you have!!
 
TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Rami and Joy Mishani for the upcoming wedding of their daughter Danit to David Halberstein this Saturday night!
 
TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the engagement of Erika Fraenkel, the daughter of our long time members Audrey and Richard, to Kyle Muse.
 
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April 27, 2016

Weekly Newsletter
 
Thursday
 
Morning services   7:10am
 
ERUV TAVSHILIN!
 
(Put away a matzah and an egg to allow cooking on Friday for Shabbat)
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Friday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Candle lighting   7:33pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday  
 
Morning services   9am
 
YIZKOR 10:30am (approx.)
 
Kiddush sponsored in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Will Godbout
 
Shabbat ends   8:35pm
 
(Wait until 9pm to eat chametz to allow for the buy back)
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School resumes
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm
 
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   6:45pm
 
 


 

The 7th day of Passover is a full holiday but presents a real challenge regarding how to celebrate, starting with the fact that the Torah itself doesn’t explain why it’s a holiday. This is because the holiday commemorates the Israelites salvation at the Red Sea but as we know this salvation only came at the expense of the Egyptians. Similar to how we mute our celebration at the seder by removing wine from the cup while reciting the 10 plagues. Still and all it is a holiday, and we even recite Hallel (Praise) in the expectation that we are capable of making the distinction between thanking God for surviving versus crudely rejoicing over someone else’s suffering and loss.
 

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April 20, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Morning service   7:30am
 
Siyum for the First Born   8am
 
Last time to eat Chametz   10:38am
 
Chametz to be removed by   11:46am
 
Candle lighting   7:25pm
 
EVENING SERVICES   6:30PM
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Perry Parker to deliver the Dvar Torah
 
Limited Kiddush following services
 
Desserts provided by Nancy Aaronson in honor of her recently departed Aunt Eadie
 
Evening services   7pm
 
COMMUNAL SEDER   8PM
 
Sunday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Limited Kiddush
 
Yom Tov ends   8:30pm
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School on hiatus
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
On hiatus
 
Monday-Thursday
 
Morning services   7:10am
 


 

The last, last item of the seder is the fun song Chad Gadya, but what really does it symbolize and what is its purpose?
 
The approach that speaks to me is that it represents the path to ethical monotheism, similar to that of our ancestor Abraham. In his life we are told that he arrived at his conclusion after some trial and error with the sun and the moon, etc. Additionally he was challenged by the reigning monarch, Nimrod, regarding his rejection of fire worship and his response was also step wise by first showing the superiority of water over fire and so on and so forth until it was clear that only God was truly superior.
 
Its role in the seder, some say, is part of Hallel (praise) that we recite in the second half or even Nirtzeh (accepted) which, come to think of it, really has no procedure associated with it. Either way it should serve as an incentive for us all to really try to “stick it out” until the real end of the seder, if at all possible.
 
PLEASE reserve immediately for the Second Seder this Saturday night April 24th at 8pm.

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Tribeca Torah Model Seder:

 


 

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April 13, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter
Friday

Candle lighting   7:18pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services   9am

Parsha Program with Danny Kron   10:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Anna Goldstein for the Shloshim of her husband Sandy

Shabbat HaGadol Class   12:45pm

Shabbat Ends   8:25pm

Sunday

High School Basketball Game at IS 89   7:15pm
Isaac's Lions vs the Mashadi Magic

Monday 

Hebrew School Seder

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs    6pm

Hagadah Review   6:45pm

Please be reminded to bring your donations of non-perishable, ready-to-eat Kosher for Passover food items to the drop-off bins located in front of our office. All donations will be picked up by Project Ezra on Thursday, in time to assemble gift baskets for the elderly and disadvantaged on the Lower East Side.  

Our next door neighbor E.TAY Gallery has invited us to the opening of his next exhibition Ad Infinitum at 39 White Street in Tribeca. April 20th from 6-8 pm. The show will be on display until May 21st. Below is a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109634319076185/

Our member Gordon Wine is in a group show at Baruch College at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery. The opening reception will take place onThursday, April 14, from 6:00-8:00pm. More information could be found at the link below:
https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/artsculture/mishkingallery/current.html


Anna Fine Foer

This weekend is called Shabbat HaGadol, the Big Sabbath, for numerous reasons. One of those involves the fact that the Shabbat before their liberation the Israelites were requested to take the animal that would be their Passover sacrifice and tie it to their bedpost and leave it there for the next 4 days. It was inevitable that their Egyptian neighbors would ask about this and they would have to respond that this animal, which according to our tradition was something holy to these neighbors, was going to be slaughtered in a couple of days. This was therefore an enormous challenge of faith that the Israelites were expected to overcome on their way to becoming the Jewish nation. 

Personally, it took me many years to overcome my self consciousness about publicly displaying my Judaism. Whether it was being accosted walking to synagogue in New England or enduring catcalls in Flatbush, I ended up needing to live a long time in areas where I could be completely comfortable with my religion before I could emerge from the mindset of my youth. 

Passover is the specific event in our calendar dedicated to developing pride in our heritage which was a process that began with that generation which was willing to throw caution to the wind!
 

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April 6, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   7:11pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Parsha program with Danny Kron   10:30am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Eileen Hecht and Hugh Lippman for the yahrtzeit of her parents
 
Shabbat ends   8:15pm
 
Sunday
 
Passover Boot Camp with the Lab Shul   2-5pm
 
High School Basketball Game at IS 89 at 6:15pm
Isaac’s Lions vs the Red Shul
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm
 
Hagadah/Hebrew Reading   6:45pm

 

The reading for this week is known as Parshat HaChodesh because we include the discussion of observing the new month along with the Passover Sacrifice. This year it actually falls on Nisan 1 and as such we are required to read from 3 separate scrolls this Saturday morning. All this synagogue ritual calls attention to the enormous emphasis we put on our lunar calendar and our following the cycles of the moon.
 
One of the reasons we have this intense focus is because the moon represents renewal. Our calendar seems to foreshadow the fact that the fortunes of the Jewish nation would wax and wane throughout history and indeed we enjoyed intense highs and lows in our history. But our uniqueness as a people lies in our ability to come back, even after terrible disasters, and continue our legacy even into this post modern era.
 
The holiday of Passover is also an occasion of renewal, paralleling the renewal of the spring season in which it falls. This renewal is not so much in the individual sense of the high holidays, but in the national sense, and hopefully also in the family sense. We became a nation in the month of Nisan and we recharge our cultural batteries in this special month.
 
Next BBYO event TONIGHT at the synagogue at 6:30pm. All available teens strongly urged to attend!
 
Passover Boot Camp with the Lab Shul this Sunday from 2-5pm. Click here to see more info!  https://www.facebook.com/events/209869212705292/

 

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Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   6:55pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Nathalie Rubens and Saul Goodman in honor of their son Ezra’s Bar Mitzvah that was held in Israel this past August. TriiBeCa Synagogue extends to them a tremendous Mazel Tov!
 
Rosh HaShana
 
Please contact the office IMMEDIATELY if you haven’t arranged seats for the holiday!
 
Sunday
 
Evening services   7pm
 
Open House/Light Dinner   7:45pm
 
Sponsored by the Turkel family for the yahrtzeit of Gary Turkel
 
For the rest of the High Holiday information please consult www.tribecasynagogue.org
 
Wednesday/Fast of Gedalia
 
Fast Begins   5:25am
 
Selichot 7am followed by weekday morning services
 
Afternoon services   1:30pm
 
Fast concludes   7:45pm
 
Shabbat Shuva/SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE!
 
Please reserve ASAP for dinner Friday night September 18!
 
Dinner 7:30pm / Lecture by Dr. Lawrence H. Friedman 8:30pm


From the exhibit called "Chapter Paintings" by Archie Rand in our gallery!
 

The tiniest portion of the Torah begins with the phrase “You are standing here today (Nitzavim)”. The midrash explains that in the aftermath of last week’s overwhelming list of curses, the collective face of the Jewish nation turned pale. God reassured them with this phrase as if to say “you may have angered God plenty already but you still survive to this day.”
 
On the 14th anniversary of the most devastating event in the history of our city, we can only marvel at its resiliency to the point that there remains almost no trace of the attack of September 11, 2001. Unfortunately that is also our challenge: to always remember the suffering and the struggle of that difficult time even though the pieces have longed been picked up, at least physically. Connected with
the eve of the Jewish new year we are certainly mindful that our fate is in the balance and the stakes can be very high.
 
Rabbi Jonathan Glass


 
 
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August 26, 2015
 
Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   7:18pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Limited Kiddush
 
Shabbat ends   8:20pm
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm
 
Coming Attractions:
 
Rabbi Glass is arranging a beginners Hebrew Reading Class starting Tuesday September 8th at 6:45pm!
Anyone interested in joining please contact him at your nearest convenience.
 
TriBeCa Torah is sponsoring a children’s high holiday prep activity for Wednesday September 9th at 4pm!
Open to all ages, to be followed by a barbecue at 5pm.

Nestled in the potpourri of topics in this week’s portion is the curious prohibition known as Shaatnez. This is the prohibition of sowing linen and wool together in one garment which is applicable even in our modern era. Indeed, in the last generation, there has been a proliferation of people and places that are dedicated to the testing of garments, although with the reduction of natural materials in manufacturing clothes, the problem of shaatnez is subsiding a bit.
 
How do we understand such an arbitrary injunction? On one level we are told that this is one of the “chukim” or laws that are given without any logic to them. On another we have the midrash that elaborated on the problem between Cain and Abel who brought sacrifices to God, but Cain’s was not accepted while Abel’s was. We know that the jealousy this engendered spurred the first act of violence recorded in the Torah. The midrash points out that Cain, who was the farmer, brought flax rather than the finer produce while Abel, the shepherd, brought the best of the fleeces that he had. As such we are forbidden to mix the product of Cain’s sacrifice with the product of Abel’s sacrifice.
 
Rabbi Jonathan Glass
 
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Weekly Newsletter
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting   7:38pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9:30am (this week only)
 
Kiddush provided by TriBeCa Synagogue
Seeking Sponsors for future Shabatot!!
 
Shabbat ends   8:40pm
 
Special thanks to Perry Parker for arranging our AC to be serviced, our sanctuary is nice and cool!
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Proverbs on a one week hiatus
 
High Holiday Mailing on the way!
Please respond in a timely fashion to insure your seats.
 
Summer office hours Monday through Friday 9am – 2pm.
 

One of the prohibitions connected to idol worship is the mourning ritual of cutting. We are advised that our bodies are too precious to mar, even at the time of great personal loss.
 
A deeper approach has it that while the pagan mind assumed physical death meant the end and their grief was immeasurable, our emotions have to be measured by the knowledge that the departed will now have eternal life. There are, of course, other faiths that go to the opposite extreme and have parties for such events due to this premise, but Judaism takes the balanced strategy between these other two.
 
We know that in modern times there is the psychological dysfunction of cutting which can possibly be better understood with this background. Clearly this behavior has a primal source to it and indicates that the victim has no other way to express their extreme emotions. In the case of Judaism, there is a slew of rituals and prayers designed to channel these feelings in a constructive way. There has to be a similar strategy when addressing the deep problems of someone so afflicted they have the urge to damage their bodies.
 
Rabbi Jonathan Glass

 
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Weekly Newsletter

August 5, 2015
 
Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   7:47pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush provided by TriBeCa Synagogue
 
Shabbat ends   8:50pm
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Mishlei/Book of Proverbs   6pm
 
Summer office hours Monday through Friday 9am – 2pm
 

This week the Torah makes a clear distinction between the land of Egypt from whence the Israelites came and the land of Canaan to which they were traveling: For this land to which you come to possess is not like the land Egypt where you would plant and then water…But the land to which you cross over will drink water from the rain of the heaven. This is a reference to the agriculture of Egypt which was based on the over flow of the Nile as opposed to the land of Israel which depends entirely on rain.
 
This is more than a lesson in comparative horticulture, however, this is a profound message that God was sending to his newly chosen people.
 
The Nile will ebb and flow as a matter of nature regardless of that society but whether the rain falls in the holy land will be directly connected to your relationship with God. You will need to be in touch with your creator and your conduct will constantly have to justify the proper elements for a good harvest. This may seem at first glance an unfair obligation but what it really means is that God desires us to be close to Him and as such created the mechanism to insure that closeness.
 
Unfortunately we no longer enjoy that situation until our diaspora concludes, but that doesn’t mean that this divine desire remains even in exile and we should still live our lives accordingly.
 
Rabbi Jonathan Glass
 
In Our Family
 
TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of a baby girl to our long time members Quin Murphy and Sarah Lieber, Annabelle Kate. She will receive her Hebrew name at TriBeCa Synagogue at tomorrow’s morning services beginning at 7:20am.
 
We bid what is hopefully a temporary adieu to Mark Bloom who has had to relocate from TriBeCa. His absence is already being felt and we look forward to his return to the area.
 
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Tisha B’Av at TriBeCa Synagogue

The 9th of Av is an intense day of mourning due to, in part, the fact that the temples were destroyed on that day. It is a day of fasting and deprivation for a full 24 hours but as the date falls this year on Shabbat, it is observed the following day.

The plan at TriBeCa Synagogue is to encourage everyone to prepare for the fast at home this Saturday afternoon with a traditional Shabbat lunch and then to return to the synagogue at 7pm for the afternoon service. As such, the Kiddush after morning services that day will be limited in order to leave time for the community to accomplish their preparations.

One doesn’t have the normal pre Tisha B’Av repast as that would be disrespectful to the Sabbath so there will be a seudah shlishit like every Saturday evening at 7:30pm following the afternoon service. The fast begins officially at 8:15pm and at that point the Rabbi will offer a study session appropriate for the occasion in the sanctuary until the evening service at 9pm. Eicha, or the Book of Lamentations, will be read at 9:15pm

May we merit the final redemption speedily in our days!

Weekly Newsletter

July 16, 2015
 
Weekly Newsletter
 
Friday/Rosh Chodesh Av

Morning services   7:10am
 
Candle lighting   8:07pm
 
Evening services - BACK to 6:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush sponsored anonymously 
 
Shabbat ends   9:10pm
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm
 
For Tisha B'Av:
 
Saturday Evening July 25th
 
Mincha   7pm
 
Seudah Shlishit   7:30pm
 
Torah Study   8:15pm
 
Evening service   9pm
 
Eicha/Lamentations   9:15pm

We reprise in this week's double portion the death of Aaron, but add the calendar date. This happened to be the 1st day of the 5th month, in other words, Rosh Chodesh Av, which begins tonight. Another interesting example of how the parsha so often jibes with the time of year it is read.
 
A deeper connection could involve what Aaron represented to the historical reality of this season. We are entering the most intense mourning period of the Jewish calendar which starts with Rosh Chodesh and concludes with the Black Fast of the 9th of Av. In a modern context we are told that the roots of our suffering evolved from the break down in the interpersonal relationships of that time but continue to plague us. 
 
It is our tradition that Aaron merited the tremendous honor of the priesthood because of his all consuming pursuit of harmony between human beings. By calling attention to his life's work upon the occasion of his yahrtzeit, there is the hope that we will derive inspiration from his example and commit to emulating his greatness in this area. And if this could happen, the prospects for our ultimate redemption would be just that more likely.
 
Finally, the sign of the zodiac (mazal) for Av is Ari (lion or leo) which could refer to the personification of that redemption in the form of Meshiach (Messiah), who we are told will come from the house of David whose symbol was indeed a lion!
 
Rabbi Jonathan Glass
 
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Weekly Newsletter

July 9, 2015
 
Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Evening services   6:50pm
 
Candle lighting   8:11pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Special presentation by Harvey Herbert who is also sponsoring the kiddush!
Harvey has dedicated his life to Jewish antiquities and is a partner in the Living Torah museum.
 
Shabbat ends   9:15pm
 
Tuesday/Adult Education

Proverbs/Mishlei  6pm

In Parshat Pinchas we have the order of sacrifices throughout the holiday calendar. However the presentation begins with the daily sacrifice offered first in the morning and last in the afternoon called the Tamid.
 
We are told that there is a very profound meaning in this sacrifice that was brought unfailingly for 1500 years. The message here is the importance of constancy and reliability when it comes to worship.
 
While for many of us just getting our feet wet in the great sea of the Torah, any inspirational experience, whenever it comes, is wonderful. On the other hand, for those of us "veterans", there has to be a goal to emulate the ritual of the Tamid. If you're the person who recognizes the importance of Shabbat attendance, then that attendance should be a constant. If you're someone who can make it a weekday minyan once a week then that attendance should be a definite. If you're someone who understands the importance of Torah study then the time and place of that study should be a reliable one.

Because this message is such a profound one we now understand why a whole fast was decreed commemorating the day that the Tamid finally ceased for good. In this time of mourning for the Jewish nation may we aspire to the goal of the Tamid and in that merit may we see it reestablished in our days!

Rabbi Jonathan Glass
 
In Our Family
 
We are proud to announce that Marilyn Sontag will be one of the featured artists at the Carter-Burden Gallery Show called 12 X 12. The opening is tonight from 6-8pm and the gallery is located at 548 W 28th Street #534.
 
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Weekly Newsletter

July 1, 2015
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Weekday morning services suspended for the holiday

Candle lighting   8:13pm

Shabbat evening services lead by Jesse Shore at 6:50pm 

Saturday 

Morning services lead by Jesse Shore  9am

 Kiddush provided by TriBeCa Synagogue

 Shabbat ends   9:15pm

Sunday/17th Day of Tammuz

Fast begins   4:18am

Fast Concludes   9:11pm

Tuesday/Adult Education

One week hiatus

Summer office hours 9am – 2pm Monday through Friday


This week we have the story of Balak hiring Balaam to curse the Israelites and while it features a number of supernatural phenomena, the message it wishes to convey has very powerful application for our generation of science and technology. The portion wishes to convey that even though a person can be confronted by the truth in the most graphic and obvious way, it is human nature to be able to close one’s eye and behave the way one wants no matter the consequences. Balaam is spoken to by God, a donkey and an angel waving a sword and while he flinches, he still presses ahead with his perfidious intentions. 

In a modern context, how many times do we find ourselves in a situation when we have all the evidence we need to be sure that one course of action is the right way but because of lower forces within us we choose a different path. Granted that in this information age we often are bombarded with all kinds of contradictory “facts and figures” but we have to strengthen ourselves spiritually to have the ability to discern right from wrong.

Rabbi Jonathan Glass
 
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