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July 2, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT!
 
Parsha Class   7pm
ID # 886-2130-2762 no password 
 
Friday 
 
Candle lighting   8:12pm
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 811-5769-0844 no password
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   9:21pm
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:30pm
ID # 885-8435-7178 no password
 
Sunday 
 
"Shmooze" on one week hiatus
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   5:30pm
ID # 837-7015-4500
 
Thursday/Fast Day
 
Fast begins at 4:21am
 
Fast concludes at 9:09pm
 
May this be the last one!
 
 
 


 

 

This week is the double portion of Chukat/Balak which contains an enormous amount of compelling subjects. Probably the most shocking and tragic is the Sin of the Bitter Waters wherein the Torah proclaims upon Moses the devastating consequences of his deviating from God's instructions. He is told that he would not be entering the land of Israel. 
 
One of the ways that the sages have attempted to put this into perspective is by explaining that this decree was inevitable due to the changing circumstances and people between the time they left Egypt and the 40 years they wandered in the desert. This new generation needed a new approach that would apply to their new life in the land of Canaan transitioning from the idyllic lifestyle in the desert to the challenges of living on their own.
 
As much as we long to hold on to the normality of what we enjoyed just a few months ago we will have to recognize that life will be different once we completely reemerge from our present set of circumstances. There will be some loss but there will be some significant gains as well. The Israelites lost the manna, the well and the protection but they gained a fabulously beautiful land as well as much personal sovereignty. 
 
Next Thursday is the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day, beginning the solemn 3 week period in the Jewish Calendar culminating with the 9th of Av.
 
The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of Daniella Libby to Yehudis and Elchanan Mordechai, Rabbi and Mrs. Glass' daughter this past Saturday!
 
 
Another amazing Sunday Shmooze, this one with ADA Joel Seidemann
 
 
Enjoy the latest from our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb!:
 

 
 

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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


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

June 25, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Parsha class 7pm
ID # 886 2130 2762 no password
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting  8:13pm
 
Family Service   6pm
ID # 811 5769 0844 no password
 
Saturday 
 
Shabbat Ends   9:22pm
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass   9:30pm
ID # 834 6721 7803 no password
 
Sunday
 
Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm
ID # 882 8489 4096 no password  
 
Tuesday 
 
Mishlei   6pm
ID # 837 7015 4500  no password
 
 
 


 

 

The portion of Korach presents us with the only open rebellion to the authority of Moses in his lifetime. Two of the ringleaders were Dathan and Aviram from the tribe of Reuben who Moses invited to a meeting to discuss their issues. They gave him the cold shoulder and Moses responded with anger. 
 
A rebbe of mine, Rabbi Chaim Dov Altusky, asked a sharp question noting that up to that point Moses was already sorely challenged by Korach but responded with measured arguments. What was different this time? His answer was that as bad as Korach behaved he still engaged with Moses while Dathan and Aviram ignored him; they were acting like Moses was a non factor. 
 
In our polarized times we deal with people who have sharply different perspectives but it is especially important to remain engaged. We have to always remember to see the humanity behind whatever positions they may epouse.
 
Special end of year weekend programming!
 
Family service Friday at 6pm
Prayers, songs, story and Shabbat table demonstration.
Have your candles, kiddush cup and challah ready!
ID # 811 5769 0844 no password  
 
Sunday Night Shmooze with Joel Seidemann* 7pm
Discussion on the Brooke Astor case led by the lead prosecutor!
ID # 882 8489 4096 no password
 
*Joel Seidemann is Senior Trial Counsel at the New York County District Attorney's Office
 

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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


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

June 18, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha 7pm

ID # 886-2130-2762 no password

 

Friday

Candle ligthing   8:12pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 811-5769-0844 no password

 

Saturday

Bless the new month of Tamuz

The Molad is Sunday 12:26am with 14 Chalakim

Shabbat ends 9:22pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass   9:30pm

ID # 834-6721-7803 no password

 

Sunday/Father's Day

Sunday Night Shmooze on 1 week hiatus

 

Monday/Tuesday Rosh Chodesh Tamuz

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School (final session 5780)

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

837-7015-4500

No password

 


 

 

In Parshat Shelach we have the biggest tragedy in the entire Chumash, great people leading the nation to reject the mission of entering the land of Canaan. A key phrase in their report reveals a big part of the issue. In describing the great size of the local population they claimed “we were like grasshoppers in their eyes”; but they preceded that statement by declaring “we were like grasshoppers in OUR eyes”. The sages explain that what we have here is a crisis of confidence, they were insisting that they, along with the nation, were not up to the challenge of leaving the cocoon of desert living and being on their own spiritually and physically in the promised land.

The Torah insists that everyone has to develop their own sense of self-worth as the Talmud declares: everyone should assert that the world was created for me. Of course we have to be on guard for arrogance but each of us has to strive to determine our full capability in life.

Thank you to Warner Wolf for appearing at our recent Sunday Night Shmooze!

 

 

 

Club Latino met this past Thursday

 

 

Reporting on Covid throughout South and Middle America

 

Coming Soon on Zoom!*

Friday June 26-Friday Night Family Service

Sunday June 28-ADA Joel Seidemann on the Brooke Astor case

Tuesday June 30-Seminar on prayer and the prayer book

*Details to follow

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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


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

June 11, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Parsha Class  7pm
ID # 886-2130-2762 no password
 
Club Latino   8pm
ID # 886-2130-2762 no password  
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting   8:12pm
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family  6pm
ID # 811 5769 0844  no password
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   9:15pm
 
Havdalah   9:30pm
ID # 834 6721 7803  no password
 
Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm
With Warner Wolf 
ID # 882 8489 4096  
 
Monday
 
Virtual Hebrew School
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs  6pm
ID # 837 7015 4500
 


 

 

After the pomp and circumstance of the dedication of the Tabernacle of last week's portion, it would seem that it would have been appropriate to move on to a new subject. Yet in the beginning of this week's portion we go back to the Menorah and Aaron's role in lighting it. Ramban (Nachmanides) sees in this a prophetic hint that there would come a time when everything of the previous portion would cease but the Menorah would live on. Now of course the actual Menorah met the same fate as the other vessels of the Holy Temple so he explained that this would be in the form of the Chanukah candles, lit far after the destruction, even to the present day. 
 
On a deeper level he was referring to what the Menorah represented vs. the rest of the vessels. The Menorah was lit with olive oil, symbolic of the wisdom of Torah, while the rest were more tied in with ritual. Thus, he was saying that it was the wisdom of Torah that would be the primary driving force and energy of the Jewish people. Of course our ritual is our spiritual garment but it is the Torah that preserved us and will continue to do so until the final redemption.
 
Congratulations to our trustee to Adam Teller for his wedding to Chana Goldman this past Thursday
 
 
This Sunday we are excited to present the great Warner Wolf on our Sunday Night Shmooze at 7pm to discuss the present state of professional sports! 
ID # 882 8489 4096 no password
 

 

 

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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


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

June 4, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT!
Parsha class on Zoom
ID # 868-6668-5393 no password

 
Friday

 
Candle lighting   8:06pm

 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family RETURNS!  6pm
ID # 811-5769-0844 no password

 
Saturday

 
Shabbat ends 9:15pm

 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass 9:30pm
ID # 834-6721-7803 no password

 
Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm
ID # 882-8489-4096 no password

 
Monday

 
Virtual Hebrew School resumes
 


 

 

The portion of Naso is the largest single portion of the 5 Books of Moses and presents the largest repetition of the Torah. 12 entire paragraphs detail the exact offerings that each of the 12 tribes presented for the dedication of the Tabernacle. Yet if this wasn't enough of a presentation, the Torah has to add yet another verse for Moshe and his entering the Tent of Meeting (Ohel Moed). The Midrash explains that in there God spoke to Moses exclusively because he suddenly realized that it was all over, and he had absolutely no role in this dramatic ceremony. "And He spoke to him"...what did He say? The midrash quotes a verse we studied, Proverbs 20:15, that states: "There is gold and many precious jewels, but lips of knowledge are a precious vessel". God told him that his words were dearer to Him than all of this pomp and circumstance that had just concluded. 
 
We remain deprived of our "Tabernacle" and are even in fear for its safety. But this week's portion reasserts the infinite power of individual prayer, study and kind words that can be so cosmically effective, even without this medium, that under normal circumstances would work in tandem with our lips. May we be able to return to it speedily in our days!
 
Thanks to all who joined our Virtual Shavuot celebration!
 
                
 
Family service
 
 
Torah Study
 
Congratulations to our trustee Adam Teller who is getting married to Chana Goldman today at 4pm!
 
All are invited to participate via zoom:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76747952721?pwd=WlUyNEZCZzBQR09ldUxVWTBRYk5Xdz09

Meeting ID: 767 4795 2721
Password: nice2bu

 
May they merit to build a faithful house in Israel!

 

 

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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


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

May 28, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday


 
Family service   5pm

 
Yizkor   6pm

 
Torah Study   7pm

 
Yom Tov begins 8:18pm

 
Friday

 
Candle lighting   8:01pm

 
No Greet Shabbat due to the holiday

 
Saturday

 
Shabbat ends 9:10pm

 
Havdalah with Miriam and Rabbi Glass   9:20pm

 
ID # 834-6721-7803
No password
 
Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm
ID # 881-7682-9636
No password
 
Monday
 
Virtual Hebrew School resumes 
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm
ID # 839-0153-1398
No password
 


 

 

As we know, there is not much ritual prescribed by the Torah for the momentous holiday of Shavuot. As with many of our occasions in the Jewish calendar the Torah hints at themes through the sacrificial rituals. Now these may be far from our consciousness being removed from the Temple for 2,000 years but a little scratching might yield a special message.
 
With Shavuot we introduce chametz to the altar, which was a very rare phenomenon, in the form of the Shtay HaLechem, the double Barley Bread. This is curious, because the process that brings us to Shavuot begins 7 weeks earlier with the Passover sacrifice, where we know that chametz is strictly forbidden. It seems we start with the purity of matzah and descend to the level of chametz, when one would think that this period of spiritual growth should go in the exact opposite direction!
 
But the truth is that at Passover, like it was then, we start with deprivation and restraint, but that is not the goal of Torah. The goal is to be able to live in this world with all its pleasures while maintaining control over our lifestyle, and still be servants of the Almighty. When we emerge from these intense 7 weeks, we can now reenter all aspects of our physical life knowing how to create spiritual balance, and that balance is represented by the featuring of chametz in the Temple.
 
We are slowly emerging from our period of restrictions but have to learn to balance the need to get on with life all the while remembering to practice those "rituals" that preserve life. We hope to be able to do that at TriBeCa Synagogue as soon as that balance can be realistically achieved.
 
For now we have an exciting lineup of programming starting 5pm today which you can find here; www.tribecasynagogue.org
 
Remember to make Eruv Tavshilin today-put away an egg and a matzah to be eaten for seudat shlishi on Saturday.
 
Today is the 49th, and last day, of the counting of the Omer.
 
Enjoy the latest article from our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb:
https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/against-the-grain/
 
The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the wedding of Adam Teller to Chana next Thursday at 4pm. The happy couple would be honored with your virtual presence at their special occasion with the following coordinates:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76747952721?pwd=WlUyNEZCZzBQR09ldUxVWTBRYk5Xdz09

Meeting ID: 767 4795 2721
Password: nice2bu

 
May they merit to build a faithful house in Israel!

 

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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

 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

May 21 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

 

Calendar 

Tonight
 
Parsha Class   7pm
ID # 815-0166-6820  
No password
 
Friday/Yom Yerushalayim
 
Candle lighting    7:55pm
 
Greet Shabbat   6pm
With Rabbi Glass and family
ID # 844-3457-9543
No password
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   9:03pm
 
Havdalah    9:15 pm
With Rabbi Glass
ID # 834-6721-7803
No password
 
Sunday/Rosh Chodesh Sivan
 
Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm
ID # 881-7682-9636
No password
 
Monday/Legal Holiday
 
Hebrew School on Hiatus


 

 

This week we begin Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers, which is always the last portion read the Shabbat before Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Clearly this isn't a coincidence and one of the more direct ways to understand this arrangement is by taking note that the main activity we will read about is the census, or counting, of the Israelites. The expression used for the act of counting in English is literally "lift the head" of every Jew, which hints that by being counted, everyone is important. So in advance of our recommitting to the Torah, it is essential that everyone feel they are needed for our historic mission.
 
Today is the 42nd day of the Omer.
 
 
Tonight is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, celebrating the reunification of the city of Jerusalem at the culmination of the 6 Day War.
 
Saturday we bless the new month of Sivan and the Molad is Friday, May 22nd at 11:42am with 13 Chalakim. 
 
Sunday is Rosh Chodesh Sivan.
 
Prepared kosher food is now being distributed daily at 504 Grand Street Monday through Friday between 1pm and 2pm
 
 
 
The Rebbetzin with Assemblyperson Yuh-Line Niou of the 65th District.
We are grateful to Ms. Niou for this, and also for the masks she delivered to distribute.
Contact Rabbi Glass if you are in need.
 
Parsha class TONIGHT at 7pm on zoom
ID # 815-0166-6820  
No password

And PLEASE join us for our virtual Shabbat this weekend. TONIGHT at 7pm on zoom

ID # 815-0166-6820  
No password
An exciting program for all ages will be presented for Shavuot, stay tuned!

 

 

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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

 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

May 14, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

 

Calendar 

TONIGHT

Parsha class   7pm

ID # 815-0166-6820  

No password

 

Friday

Candle lighting  7:48pm

Greet Shabbat   6pm

With Rabbi Glass and family

ID # 844-3457-9543

No password

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:53pm

Havdalah    9pm

With Rabbi Glass

ID # 834-6721-7803

No password

 

Sunday

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

With Paul Schaeffer

ID # 881-7682-9636

No password

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 839-0153-1398

No password


 

 

This week we complete the Book of Leviticus with the double portion Behar-Behukotai with the primary theme being the Sabbatical/Jubilee year or Shemita/Yovel. The key feature is the requirement to leave all fields and orchards fallow every 7th year and then the 50th year. Commentators are quick to point out that this is not to be associated with the regular agricultural strategy of preventing these fields from drying up. Any farmer knew that fields could only produce 3 or 4 years consecutively before they would have to be given a chance to replenish. Thus the requirement for the 7th was random from an agricultural standpoint and purely an act of faith and respect for the One from whom the land was granted. Additionally, it was during this year that the people were supposed to "replenish" their spirituality and holiness being freed from the burden of providing for themselves.

Many of us find ourselves in a kind of "Sabbatical" that was randomly cast upon us. And while we should never consider the factors that created this a good thing, we might try to use this extra time for personal and spiritual growth. Please consider joining us for the classes, Shabbat experience and the social outlet that we have laid out on a weekly basis. And of course, as always, I remain available for individual study and discussion.

Scenes from our virtual synagogue:

Celebrating Lag B'Omer

 

 

Sunday Night Shmooze

 

Our own Paul Schaeffer, will join us this Sunday at 7pm for the Shmooze to give us the latest in testing research! Paul Schaeffer is the Director of Administration at the New York City Health Laboratory.

Our Portion of the Week class moves to Thursdays at 7pm starting TONIGHT! 

Via Zoom ID # 815-0166-6820

 

 

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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

 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

May 7, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

 

Calendar

Friday

Candle lighting   7:41pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   6pm

ID # 844-3457-9543

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:47pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass    9pm

ID # 838-5278-7421

 

Sunday

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

(Best with a glass of wine)

ID # 881-7682-9636

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Celebrate Lag B'Omer   7pm

ID # 878-6144-9115


 

 

In the coming days we feature two "minor" festivals which now seem more significant than usual due to the bigger focus we may have on the calendar, with so much else in our lives being shunted aside. 

 
Tonight and tomorrow is Pesach Sheni, literally the second Passover, that in ancient times was observed in a situation when someone was unable to bring the passover sacrifice at the appointed time. 30 days later that person was supposed to bring the sacrifice to be eaten with matzah and bitter herbs. This is unique in the Torah in offering a "make up" or even a "second chance" and who couldn't use one of those in these troubled times? The custom is to eat matzah on this date so bon appetit! 
 
Monday night and Tuesday is Lag B'Omer, a much more nuanced occasion dealing with multiple factors. Kabbalistically it is known as the yahrtzeit of Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, so we acknowledge his greatness at this time. He was said to be so righteous that his generation never saw a rainbow symbolizing God's displeasure, hence the custom of shooting bows and arrows along with the big bonfires lit throughout Israel. Talmudically, it is noted that the plague decimating Rabbi Akiva's students ended, so the mourning that we have been observing during the period right after Passover comes to an end on this date.
 
May our plague come to and end as well במהרה בימינו (speedily in our days)!
 
This week the Parsha is Emor with 2 primary topics: laws primarily about the priesthood and then the holidays and today is the 28th day of the Omer.
 
Please take advantage of our virtual synagogue being presented throughout the week!
 
Greet Friday Night with Rabbi Glass and Family
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass
 
Sunday Night Shmooze
 
Celebrate Lag B'Omer!

 

 

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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

 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

April 30, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Calendar

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting   7:34pm

 

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   6pm

ID # 844-3457-9543

 

Saturday

 

Shabbat ends   8:39pm

 

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass    8:45pm

ID # 838-5278-7421

 

Sunday

 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

(Best with a glass of wine)

ID # 881-7682-9636

 

Monday

 

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

 

Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 878-6144-9115


 

 

 

We have another double portion this week, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, which is common for the book of Leviticus during a Hebrew non leap year. The Torah introduces the intriguing rituals of Yom Kippur by reprising the death of the sons of Aaron which was described 3 portions ago. One of the reasons the Torah connects the 2, according to the Jerusalem Talmud, is to teach us that just as Yom Kippur atones, so does the passing of the righteous. For me, this concept hit particularly hard with the news that one of the most important people in my life, both personally and professionally, was cut down over the holiday of Passover due to the virus. And what was even more painful was the fact that under normal circumstances this woman would have had a gigantic funeral and a massive shiva but instead was quietly sent off to Israel for a stealth burial.

 

I am referring to Rebbetzin Malka Kalmanovitz, who was the wife of Rav Shraga Moshe Kalmanovitz, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva where I received my semicha and who I’ve known since 1975. She began life in communist Russia under the jackboot of the NKVD who were always persecuting the Rabbis of that generation of whom her father was one of the prominent ones. Literally at age 4 she was trained to be on the lookout and upon detecting the authorities on their way she would run to her household to warn them and escort her father out the backdoor. They all made it to America where she raised 9 amazing children and lived to 94 when I had visited her just a few weeks earlier, although this summation doesn’t begin to do justice to her amazing life. Mostly this is about how helpful she was to me in shepherding myself through the echelons of Yeshiva life, considering my religiously humble background, to the pinnacle of making my shidduch and her support throughout my 7 years of Kollel, and then to the Rabbinate. We were distant relatives through marriage from generations back but that was no barrier to her embracing me as close family and that closeness was with me long after I left the old Flatbush neighborhood.

 

It is concerning to consider how great the need for atonement, and by extension repentance, must be to have required such a great loss. But that is the stark reality expressed by this passage from the Jerusalem Talmud so we, and especially I, better get started. May we merit to hear better tidings.

 

Hear more from Rabbi Glass on the portion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BaEFALhW-w&feature=youtu.be

 

Enjoy this celebration of Israel Independence Day here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc8c1II7Z8w&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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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

 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

April 23, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

 Calendar 

Today is the 14th day of the Omer

Friday/Saturday Rosh Chodesh Iyar

Friday

Candle lighting   7:27pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm (Now recurring)

ID # 844-3457-9543   no password 

Saturday

Shabbat ends Saturday night    8:31pm  

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass   8:45pm

ID # 898-3206-4232   no password 

Sunday Night Shmooze  (Now Recurring)

ID #   881-7682-9636 no password 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm (Now recurring)

ID # 839-0153-1398  no password

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm (Now recurring)

ID # 878-6144-9155  no password

Wednesday

Israel Independence Day/Yom Ha'atzmaut


 

 

 

This week we wade into the challenging topic of skin disease, with the double portion of Tazria-Metzora. On Tuesday we delved in detail as to how to create relevance for something that seems way beyond anything to which we could relate. In particular, there is the underlying spiritual component, as asserted by Maimonides in his Guide to the Perplexed, that Tzaraat (Leprosy) was connected to Lashon Harah (disparaging talk about one's fellow). And then there was how the Torah dealt with this condition which was quarantine, that on the surface seems a physical strategy but to be consistent, we need to uncover the spiritual approach.

Someone who feels comfortable on a regular basis to speak disparagingly about the people in one's life clearly is contemptuous of the value they may bring to the world, and even to one's own life. By forcing that person to separate from all human contact for a set period of time, the loneliness that will ensue will force that person to reassess the value that all people have in their life. Thus, when that person rejoins society, they will be fortified with a renewed sense of human dignity, so the experience will serve as a bulwark against returning to their past unfortunate behavior.

There is much talk about the economic repercussions of our present situation, but there may be a spiritual consequence as well. Even the phrase "social distancing" can breed a mindset antithetical to the goal of the Torah to see everyone in the image of God. As we pass anyone, we move away with the concern that they may compromise our health. In NYC we are even asked to inform on our fellow citizens if we detect behavior not in accordance with health guidelines.

Now while all of this may be necessary in light of the bigger concerns of basic human survival, we must be especially on guard that this behavior doesn't transform us subliminally, leaving a psychological residue that will last far beyond these present circumstances. 

Tonight, tomorrow and Friday are Rosh Chodesh Iyar, the 5th of which is Israel Independence Day, Chag Sameach!      הבא עלינו לטובה

See a video of Rabbi Glass on the Parsha here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZgAhGmztZU&feature=youtu.be

 

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Weekly Newsletter

April 17, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

 Calendar 

Today is the 8th day of the Omer

Candle lighting   7:20pm

Shabbat ends Saturday night    8:25pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   TODAY at 6pm (Now recurring)

ID # 844-3457-9543   no password

 

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass   TOMORROW at 8:30pm

ID # 837-0532-1743   no password

 

Sunday Night Shmooze  (Now Recurring)

ID #   881-7682-9636 no password

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm (Now recurring)

839-0153-1398          no password

 

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 891-1349-6799


 

 

 

Emerging from Passover/The New Reality

This year the turnaround from the lengthy holiday to Shabbat is almost instantaneous, yet another challenge in this already challenge filled period. 

We continue with the weekly portion this weekend with Shemini, describing the period of 7 day sequestering of the Kohanim before they would begin their new priestly role on the 8th day, hence the title Shemini, or 8th. That day that they emerged was described as the most cosmically important day in human history since creation. 

To quote Rabbi Munk, he described this day, the activation of the Tabernacle, as "the supreme guarantee of God's love, kindness and protection. It would re-establish the ideal state that had reigned in Paradise at the beginning of creation-God dwelling among His creatures...This state of intimacy with the Divine Presence would surely constitute a source of infinite material and spiritual blessing."

We have just completed the momentous 8 day experience of Passover with all its spiritual rejuvenation, so necessary a long 6 months since the days of awe. May this momentum carry us for the near future through the spiritual limitations placed upon us for our physical protection. 

At TriBeCa Synagogue we will do our best to work with these limitations. As such, until further notice, our synagogue will continue to be active on zoom with many of the features becoming recurring, rather than on a week to week basis.

Nachas note: Our basketball alum, Ethan Feldman, who brought us to 1 point of the Young Israel Basketball League Championship 7 years ago has completed a stellar career at NYU becoming captain and lead scorer. He now is in the process of signing a professional contract with TEAM ISRAEL and will become a citizen shortly!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

April 2, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   7:08pm

 

Shabbat ends   8:10pm

 

ZOOM SCHEDULE


Thursday April 2

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm
ID # 448-837-551 No password

Friday April 3

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and family   6pm
ID # 752-160-334 No password

Saturday April 4

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam  8:15pm
BYO candle, wine and spices
ID # 853-771-594 No password

Sunday April 5

Sunday night shmooze   7pm
(Best with a glass of wine)
ID # 382-467-638 No password

Wednesday April 8

Siyum for the first born   9am
ID # 304-175-961 No password

Virtual Model Seder   6pm
ID # 457-626-202

 

 

This week the portion is called Tzav, from the word mitzvah, meaning command (as opposed to the common take of “good deed”). While the previous portion described the sacrificial process from the perspective of willingness of the heart, here we discuss obligations. Indeed, Judaism is a fascinating combination of both being inspired along with being compelled.

 

This weekend is also the momentous Shabbat HaGadol (Big Sabbath), which directly precedes the momentous holiday of Passover. There are many reasons for this but the one that speaks to our times is one of courage. The Israelites were asked to audaciously take something sacred to the Egyptians and in full view desecrate it. That was the 10th of Nisan, 4 days before Passover, which happened to be a Shabbat. God was telling them that if you are more afraid of the Egyptians than the Almighty, there would be no point in creating the Jewish nation, so they were asked to cast fear aside.

 

Recently, Cardinal Dolan has been featured in a radio PSA presenting the difference between fear and concern. Fear is counterproductive and debilitating. Concern, on the other hand, is not only responsible but productive and one of the factors that contributes to our personal growth. We must not fear the challenges that are upon us; that will make us weaker and potentially even more susceptible. Concern will empower us to create a lifestyle for us that is secure, but allow us to remain productive. May we all STAY SAFE!

 

Seder Packages

 

We have been made aware that due to the unforeseen circumstances there are some families that were not able to make sufficient seder arrangements. On a limited basis, we are prepared to assemble and deliver seder boxes that will include a furnished seder plate along with the extras needed to properly observe the seder rituals. This would include extra maror, charoset, matzah and wine. Contact Rabbi Glass at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org

 

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Weekly Newsletter

March 26, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
The response to our virtual synagogue has been very encouraging, we will continue to add features. Here is the present schedule:
 
TONIGHT
 
Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm
ID # 534-834-921 No password
 
FRIDAY
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 259-903-644 No password
 
SATURDAY
 
Havdalah together with Rabbi Glass    8pm
(Please have your own candle, wine/grape juice, and spices)
ID # 443-444-794 no password
 
SUNDAY 
 
EVENING SHMOOZE   7pm
Let's just get together after dinner and reconnect; best with a glass of wine 😀
ID # 656-389-329 No password
 
TUESDAY
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm
ID # 995-721-676 No password
 
Passover Prep   7pm
(Navigating the Haggadah)
ID # 520-582-366 No password
 
 
Thursday/Rosh Chodesh Nisan
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting    6:56pm
 
Saturday
 
Parshat Vayikra
 
Shabbat ends   8pm
 
Monday
 
On line Hebrew School
(To enroll, contact eevenesh@gmail.com

 

 

Today is Rosh Chodesh Nisan, considered the beginning of the Biblical year and the day that the Tabernacle (Mishkan) was assembled. 

 

We begin the book of Leviticus with Parshat Vayikra and an extended discussion of sacrifices and all things Tabernacle. We finished Exodus with the assembling of the Tabernacle and in this book we discuss how it was to function. It may be difficult to relate to all these details but I think our present set of circumstances might serve as a bridge to understanding their significance. 

 
As I experienced the slow drip of synagogue closings both far and local, the feeling of loss was inescapable. And for the first time in the 31 years since my mother's passing I could not recite Kaddish on her yahrtzeit. So I got to thinking that maybe this is a little sliver of the feeling we could have in recognizing the loss of that central place of our worship, the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash). May God restore it speedily in our days!
 
This Shabbat we take a short break from Passover themes but we will be issuing a bulletin early next week containing all the information necessary for observing Passover in this unique times.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

March 19, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

 

Portion of the Week    7pm

Download the Zoom app and the ID # is 261-854-169

NO password necessary!

 

TOMORROW

 

Candle Lighting 6:53pm

 

Shabbat ends 7:55pm

 

Greet the Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and family   6pm

Songs and prayers

Zoom coordinates TBD

 

TUESDAY/ADULT EDUCATION

 

Proverbs/Mishlei   5:45pm

Passover Prep   7pm

Zoom Coordinates TBD

 

FOR CHILDREN

 

TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School Resumes THIS Monday

Director Yael Even Esh has contacted her students but now invites ANYONE else to join her virtual school.

Please contact her asap at eevenesh@gmail.com to enroll. Her program features the state of the art Italam Hebrew language program along with Passover concepts.

 

Rabbi Glass will make separate arrangements with his Bnei Mitzvah class, but anyone else of that age who would like to join please contact him directly at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org

 

FOR PASSOVER

 

We will be issuing a bulletin with updated information and instructions adapted to the unique set of circumstances.

For now we encourage you to do your shopping as early as feasible. There will not be a community seder this year.

Selling of the chometz can be done electronically and the siyum can be attended via telephone, video conference etc.

All these issues and more will be addressed in the next communication.

 

 

With the double portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei we complete the book of Exodus with the assembling of the mishkan (tabernacle). We’ve pointed out that a nickname for Exodus is Sefer HaGeula (book of redemption) which begins with our exile in Egypt and does trace our liberation into the Sinai desert. But rather than including our entry into the land of Israel, which would have completed our physical liberation, it ends with the completion of the building that would be the central focus of our worship for the next 1500 years. The message here is that physical freedom is only relevant when we undergird it with spiritual harmony, which is only attainable in a Jewish context with a connection to the Almighty.

 

We find our physical freedom more and more curtailed due to this challenging situation. Let’s recognize that garnering spiritual equilibrium at this time will be a key component to properly manage the renewed physical freedom that, with God’s help, be upon us in a timely fashion.

 

Additionally, we have the 4th of the special readings this Shabbat called HaChodesh, which deals with the mitzvot of sanctifying the new moon (Rosh Chodesh) and the Passover sacrifice. One of the indirect messages of this reading, which involves our setting of the calendar, is the mastery over time, which is given to us as a tool to map out each year on Rosh HaShanah. We have been given, for better or worse, enormous amounts of time, hitherto unavailable to us, even against our will. We pray for the wisdom necessary to understand how to take full advantage.

 

We bless the new moon this Shabbat and the molad is Tuesday 10:14am with 11 chalakim. Thursday is Rosh Chodesh Nisan, the month of redemption, may it be one for us!

 

Rabbi Glass deeply appreciates the outpouring of positive reactions to his letter yesterday. He hopes to be able to provide more helpful thoughts in the days to come.

 

As mentioned in yesterday’s letter, we are working hard to ramp up as many electronic resources as we can. Please read the communications that will be issued on almost a daily basis to be current, until we get into a steady rhythm.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

March 13, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   6:46pm

 

No services

 

Shabbat Ends   7:50pm

 

Monday

 

No services

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday

 

TBD

 

 

Due to the challenging circumstances we will expand this section of the newsletter:

 

Ki Tissa presents us with one of the most challenging stories of the chumash with the golden calf being perpetrated in such proximity to the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai. Ibn Ezra attempts to mitigate the severity of the sin by explaining they were not seeking another God but rather another Moshe. Indeed, their argument was “Because this man, Moshe, we do not know what happened to him” we are now vulnerable and rudderless. The immediate problem became that once these forces were released they rapidly disintegrated into base revelry. The farther reaching problem was that they weren’t ready to connect to God without an intermediary. One of the cornerstones of Judaism is its emphasis on developing a personal and individual relationship with God. There are aids and resources, but after all is said and done it’s us that have to create the connection.

 

Many of us may feel fear and uncertainty from everything that is going around us which is magnified with the 24/7 media. We live in a blessed country which is ramping up its efforts to address the situation but that shouldn’t take the place of firstly our own personal obligations to do our part while at the same time never replace our faith in the Almighty, Who is the true Shomer Yisrael (guardian of Israel).

 

At TriBeCa Synagogue we have taken the unprecedented action of closing the synagogue for the weekend, something that wasn’t done in the direct aftermath of 9/11 or Sandy. We are in intense deliberations regarding the near and far term and look forward to providing an update in a timely fashion. We will do everything we can to reopen as expeditiously as possible to be that beacon of hope and center of social nurture.

 

Additionally we have the 3rd of the special readings called Parah, about the red cow that was used to create the solution designed to purify one from coming into contact with the dead, which would prevent one from being able to participate in the Passover sacrifice. Quite appropriate as mystically this mitzvah was considered an atonement for the sin of the golden calf.

 

In the meantime, a retrospective of a happier time:

 

 

Live streaming of the megillah reading courtesy of Carlos Gutierrez. Notice the reach of over 760! Comments of appreciation for doing this abounded.

 

 

“The Johnny Gershon Show-A Cabaret” choreographed by our incredible Wendy Friedland. Accompanied by the amazing Golem-a Hebrew School family!

 

 

Purim Day Seudah Open House at the home of the Rabbi

 

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Weekly Newsletter

March 5, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:38pm

 

Evening services   5:45pm

 

Young Professionals*   7pm

 

Saturday             

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Evening services   6:40pm

79 Laight Street

 

Sunday

 

Daylight Saving Time Begins!

 

Monday/Fast of Esther

 

Fast Begins   6:04am

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Afternoon service   1:30pm

 

Purim

 

Evening Services   7pm

 

MEGILLA   7:15pm

 

Shpiel and Dinner*   8pm

 

Tuesday

 

Morning services   7am

 

MEGILLA  7:40am

 

Afternoon services   1:40pm

 

*Register on the website

 

 

In Tetzaveh we have the focus on the priesthood and their garments. Just like there is deep symbolism in all the vessels of the tabernacle, there is deep symbolism behind each of the garments that the regular Kohen wore and especially behind the additional garments that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) wore. But beyond the specifics there is a general message about the importance of appearance. If we recognize that the Kohanim are to set an example for the Jewish nation with their appearance and wardrobe in particular, we are to take that to the next step. We must recognize that we represent Judaism and Torah to the world and our appearance should reflect that as well.

 

This week we have the second of the special readings, namely Zachor, which deals with our nemesis Amalek, which had ramifications well into the Biblical era and beyond.

 

PLEASE REGISTER FOR PURIM DINNER MONDAY MARCH 9TH ASAP!

 

Community advisory-The board of directors are developing protocol for protection against the COV-19 virus throughout the building. Please do your part by adopting the standard common sense measures as individuals to help our efforts.

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue expresses its congratulations to the Gutierrez family for the recent bris of their son David.

 

                 

 

Next Young Professionals March 6th 7pm. Register here:

 

Full Purim schedule coming tomorrow!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

February 27, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:30pm

 

Evening services   5:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eileen Hecht and Hugh Lippman

And Carlos and Deborah Gutierrez

 

Evening services   6:30pm

79 Laight Street

 

Shabbat ends   6:35pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Purim Prep   7:15pm

 

 

With Parshat Terumah we begin 4 weeks where the focus is primarily on the Tabernacle (Mishkan) and which will eventually close the book of Exodus. This is because Exodus is the book of Redemption (Sefer HaGeulah) which begins first with their exile into Egypt and continues with their physical liberation. But the redemption wasn’t complete until the children of Israel also achieved the spiritual level they were on before the Egyptian exile. This happens with their standing at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah and is preserved within the confines of the structure that they created to travel with them into the land of Israel.

 

This week the kiddush is co-sponsored by Eileen Hecht and Hugh Lippman in memory of her parents along with Carlos and Deborah Gutierrez in advance of their son’s bris.

 

We congratulate the Weiss family once again for their momentous celebration of their son Nathaniel’s Bar Mitzvah this past Shabbat. It was a historic occasion for our synagogue on many levels!

 

 

 

Attending the Interfaith Breakfast this past Tuesday at the Roosevelt Hotel promoting the 2020 Census

 

 

 

MLK III and Governor Cuomo speaking. With Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Ezra Friedlander

 

Next Young Professionals March 6th 7pm. Register here:

 

Full Purim schedule coming tomorrow!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

February 20, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:22pm

 

Evening services   5:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eli and Yael Weiss

 

Mincha   5pm

 

Seudah Shlishit to follow

 

Evening services   6:20pm

 

Shabbat ends   6:25pm

 

Sunday

 

Morning services   8:30am

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School 

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Beginners' Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Parsha   7:17pm

 

Tuesday/Wednesday

Rosh Chodesh Adar

 

Morning services    7:10am

 

 

Parshat Mishpatim discusses primarily issues that are civil and one of those statutes cries out for elucidation from the Oral Torah-"an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth". The Talmud in Bava Kama states that this means restitution and not, God forbid, what would really be an act of revenge, rather than dispensing justice. 

 

Additionally, we begin the 4 special readings leading up to Passover. This week is called Shekalim, referring to the half shekel that everyone was required to contribute at the beginning of the month of Adar, which falls this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue takes special pride in the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of Nathaniel Weiss, the son of our President and his wife Yael. Nathaniel will read the entire portion and deliver the Dvar Torah.

 

The Weiss family has been both exceedingly generous to the synagogue and has provided critically important leadership throughout the many years they have been affiliated with our institution. The Weisses cordially invite the entire community to share in their simcha throughout Shabbat.

 

A busy week of Smachot at TriBeCa Synagogue!

 

 

 

The bris of Chaim Rodan, son of our members Jonathan and Liz, this past Tuesday

 

 

 

The bris of Noam Halberstein, son of Danit and David, grandson of Joy and Rami Mishani

 

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Weekly Newsletter

February 13, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Please help make the minyanim

 

Candle lighting   5:13pm

 

Evening services   5:20pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Haftarah by Elijah Parsons

 

Kiddush sponsored by Amy Barton and Ashby Parsons

 

Evening services   6:15pm

79 Laight Street

 

Shabbat Ends   6:15pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office closed, no services

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Hebrew Reading for Beginners

Catch up class!

 

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7:15pm

 

 

Parshat Yitro by definition could be considered the most important parsha in that it contains the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. A key phrase in the lead up is “and he camped opposite the mountain” which is curiously written in the singular.

 

Firstly, they say that the unity achieved by the entire Jewish nation at that time was unprecedented for all of our history. Secondly, going forward, there is nothing that can unify our people like the study of Torah. No matter what the divisions we may have in denominations, politics or whatever, we seem to be able to connect with one another when Torah is the activity. So join us for all the learning opportunities we provide here at TriBeCa Synagogue!

 

 

TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School celebrating Tu B’Shvat

 

Watch Rabbi Glass’ latest 2 minute video on the Parsha-The 2 Tablets:

 

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Weekly Newsletter

February 6, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:05pm

 

Evening services   5:10pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin

 

Evening services   6:10pm

79 Laight Street

 

Shabbat ends   6:10pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7:15pm

 

In Parshat Beshallach we have God performing the most supernatural of miracles in the entire Torah. In general God avoids open miracles, preferring to have matters resolved in human fashion, but at this juncture there was no choice. His awareness was so distant from humanity as epitomized by Pharaoh declaring “Who is God that I should listen to Him” that only with the momentous splitting of the Red Sea could things be reset sufficiently to justify humanity continuing on the face of the earth.

 

Monday is Tu B’Shvat (15th of the month of Shvat) which acknowledges the changing of seasons in the middle east from the full force of winter (Kur) to a season more akin to spring (Choref). We are told that the trees, which were essentially dormant until this date, begin to come to life with the flow of sap up and down the trunk. As such we try to seek out fruits that are the pride of the land of Israel for consumption on that day. For a people that was so urban for so long, it’s a special reminder that Judaism and Torah is as much a religion of the land.

 

This Shabbat morning we remember an incredibly special young man, Isaac Goldberg Volkmar upon the occasion of his yahrtzeit. Isaac, who passed away at the young age of 23, lived a  life guided by the spirit of love, non-judgement and respect for all people. Isaac’s mother and stepfather, our Board members, Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin, have created BIGVISION, in his memory. BIGVISION is a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives by helping those suffering with the disease of addiction. They work to erase the stigma and help young adults in recovery learn to live fun, meaningful substance free lives. Adhering to their commitment to host only sober events, Eve and Neil are generously sponsoring the alcohol-free kiddush lunch in his memory. 

 

The Academy of Leuven (Belgium) School of Architecture


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paying a visit to our synagogue

 

Hear the latest from Rabbi Glass on this week’s portion.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 30, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:56pm

Evening services   5pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco

Shabbat ends  6pm

Evening services   6pm

79 Laight Street

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6:30pm

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7:15pm

 

in the latter stages of the negotiations between Pharaoh and Moses regarding allowing the Israelites to sacrifice in the desert, Pharaoh demands to know “who and who would be going”? Moses responds everyone, young and old, but Pharaoh pulls back and says everyone can go except the children. Moses says no deal and so the next plague arrives.

One can derive a deeper issue here than just simply raw numbers. Pharaoh recognized that he had to hold the children back to avoid them becoming inculcated in the heritage that would define them for the future as other than Egyptian while Moses insisted that’s the whole point! Rituals and practice for the adults without attention given to developing the next generation is an unfortunate exercise in futility.

TriBeCa Synagogue welcomed Rabbi and Mrs. Shmuel Shteinhendler of Havana to our Club Latino

 

 

Congratulations to Nicholas and Volha Singer for the naming of their daughter Lea

 

 

Hear the latest from Rabbi Glass on this week’s portion.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 23, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:46pm

 

Evening services   4:50pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Samuel and Sharita Lesman

 

Shabbat ends   5:50pm

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh Shvat

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7:15pm

 

In the portion of Vaera we have the first 7 plagues but there is a major change between 1-5 and those following. In the first group the verse relates that Pharaoh hardens his heart, but by 6 it changes to God hardening Pharaoh’s heart. On the face of it we might conclude that this is an exception to one of the most fundamental principles of the Torah, which would be free will.

 

Approaches abound as to how to resolve this, but one that speaks to a modern audience would relate to addictive behavior. Pharaoh began with full choice, but his repetitive lying and deceiving built within him a behavior that was harder and harder to withdraw from. Indeed, addictive behavior can easily devolve into a situation when the person has almost no control, but who is to blame for that? Of course we know now that there are cases when a person is born with a strong predilection and therapy, rather than mussar, would be the appropriate approach. However, the Torah is referring to humanity in general, warning us not to get into bad moral habits that without early intervention can overwhelm us.

 

We bless the new month of Shvat coming up this Monday.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue welcomes Rabbi Shmuel Shteinhendler, the Rabbi of the Cuban Jewish community, for Shabbat this weekend. He will be addressing the congregation with the Dvar Torah.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Samuel and Sharita Lesman for the recent birth of their second daughter and will be sponsoring the kiddush this Shabbat as they will name her at services.

 

Congratulations to Carlos and Deborah Gutierrez for the Pidyon Haben of their son this past Sunday at NYU Langone!

 

  

 

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 16, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:39pm

 

Evening services   4:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Kiddush sponsored by David Rosenberg

 

Evening services   5:40pm

AT THE SYNAGOGUE!

 

Shabbat ends 4:45pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

OFFICE OPEN

ALL SERVICES WILL BE HELD

 

Hebrew school on hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7:15pm

 

We begin the book of Exodus and parshat Shemot observing the development of Moses who was to become the most important figure in our nation’s history. Throughout that development the theme was consistent-concern for others. It begins with his not being content to live out his life comfortably in the royal palace but being drawn outside to “see his brothers”. He then can’t sit by and watch one of his brethren being beaten so he gets involved and saves him. He also can’t watch two of his brethren argue against the backdrop of the suffering of their people and attempts to mediate the dispute. Finally, according to the midrash, once he is a shepherd for his father in law, a sheep escapes the flock and he takes it upon himself to run headlong after it to bring it back. With this ultimate show of concern, even for an animal, he is visited by the Divine presence in the form of the Burning Bush which begins his mission as the leader of the nation from slavery to the promised land.

 

While we understand that this trait was the key to his appointment as a leader, we must recognize that it is upon us to emulate the best quality of our leaders. May we merit to achieve an elevated level of concern for our fellow human being, inspired by the greatest of our people!

Congratulations to David Rosenberg for his upcoming wedding next week to Emily Kaplan, he will be celebrating with us and many of his family and friends from abroad by sponsoring this week’s kiddush.

New feature, courtesy of Carlos Gutierrez and Aryeh Werth (of the Torah Channel):

 

Enjoy this week’s video of Rabbi Glass!

 

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

Januray 9, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting 4:32pm

 

Evening services 4:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services 9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Evening services 5:30pm

79 Laight Street

 

Shabbat ends 5:35pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 5:45pm

 

Beginner Hebrew Reading 6:30pm

 

Portion of the Week 7:15pm

 

 

We come to the end of the book of Genesis with the parsha of Vayechi where at the beginning Jacob calls his son Joseph to bring his children Ephraim and Menashe to be blessed. Indeed, this becomes the template for blessing children Friday night and even on Yom Kippur. The question is asked as to the choice of these two grandchildren over any of the other numerous grandchildren who had been born and raised up to that point.

 

The sages respond that these children were unique in that they were the only ones up to that point that were born in raised in Egypt, i.e. the diaspora. Jacob recognized that things would be different now that his family had to leave Canaan and live in a foreign country. He looked at the successful way that these two were brought up in this environment and thus wished it to be so for future generations.

 

So for us, so many years in the diaspora, this blessing is even more relevant until such time as we merit the return to the holy land of our patriarchs and matriarchs!

 

Congratulations to Ken and Denise Rosenblum for the wedding of thier son Larry to Sara Respler this week!

 

Enjoy the latest from our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb in this week’s edition of the Jewish Week https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/joseph-and-his-unspoken-truth/

 

Still time to join Hebrew Reading for Beginners this Tuesday at 6:30pm!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 2, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:25pm

 

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services    9:30am

 

Eli Weiss will be reading the Torah

 

Shabbat ends   5:30pm

 

NO evening service this weekend

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School resumes!

 

Tuesday/10th of Tevet

 

Fast begins   5:52am

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Afternoon services   12:30pm and 1:30pm

 

Evening services   5:15pm

 

Fast ends   5:24pm

 

ADULT EDUCATION

 

Mishlei   5:45pm

 

Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Parsha   7:15pm  

 

 

To paraphrase Rabbi Sacks on Parshat Vayigash, he describes the challenge of balancing closeness with distance. Too much closeness in a relationship breeds contempt while too much distance breeds insensitivity. He explains that part of the problem between the brothers was their being on top of each other leading to squabbles which escalated out of control. This in turn led to them becoming emotionally distant to the point they could no longer see him as a brother.

 

When the pendulum swung to the opposite extreme, and they were absent from each other for decades, they were ready, even if they didn’t realize it, to regain the proper closeness to their brother. Thus, the word Vayigash, which literally translates to “And he came close”, reveals the first time Judah makes himself “close” to another human being, attempting to empathize with another human being. The result is that both his and Joseph’s hearts melted and rapprochement ensued.

 

Tuesday is the Fast Day known as the 10th of Tevet commemorating numerous unfortunate events in our history such as the coerced translation of the Torah into Greek.

 

ADULT EDUCATION RETURNS!

 

Brand new Beginners Hebrew this Tuesday at 6:30pm followed by Portion of the Week at 7:15pm

 

Young Parisian Jews from “Olami” visit the synagogue for services

 

 

There were here to attend the Siyum HaShas on Wednesday

 

 

Rabbi Glass delivers a Dvar Torah to them at breakfast

Translated into French by Tobin Kohane

 

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Weekly Newsletter

December 26, 2019
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Morning service   7:15am

 

Candle lighting   4:17pm

 

Evening services    4:25pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Singalong following services

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Evening services   5:20pm

at 79 Laight Street  

 

Monday

 

Morning services   7:15am

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday

 

Mishlei   4pm

 

Evening service   4:30pm

 

 

Many of you know that we recently completed a humanitarian mission to the Jewish community of Havana. One of the highlights was my Torah presentation to them in the Patronato synagogue and this is a partial translation:

 

In the prayer we add in the Amidah for Chanukah there is a description of the military miracle of Chanukah but omits any mention of the miracle of the oil. This would indicate that the sages put much more emphasis on the first, rather than the second. Indeed, considering how astonishing our victory was at that time, why the need for an additional miracle?

 

Our sages explain that without the imprimatur of the second miracle, the miraculous nature of the military victory would be in danger of being explained away in natural terms as the years went on. But with the inexplicable miracle of the oil, there could be no question of the Divine hand in all the events leading to the liberation and rededication of the Beit Hamikdash (Temple). We must always be on guard from the temptation of explaining away the Divine blessings of our life lest we develop a sense of entitlement to all the good things with which we are blessed.

 

This Shabbat is both Parshat Mikeitz and Rosh Chodesh, which extends through Sunday.

 

Condolences to the family of Mel Reiss for his untimely passing this week. Shiva will be at Mel's apartment 333 East 30th Street Apartment #12 L (between 1st and 2nd Ave).

Shiva times: Tuesday, Dec. 24th - Monday, Dec. 30th 10 AM - 9 PM each day. On Monday, the family will get up from shiva at 12pm. 

 

Tremendous thanks to Julia Kuffman of CMF, Deborah Gutierrez and Adam Teller for a fantastically successful Young Professionals this past Friday night!

(No photos as it took place on Shabbat!)

 

Bringing Chanukah to Lower Manhattan

 

  

 

Brookdale Independent Living Center Chanukah Party

 

 

 

TriBeCa Synagogue celebrating Chanukah at the new residence of Ken and Jennifer Paskar

 

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Weekly Newsletter

December 17, 2019
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:16pm

Evening services  4:20pm

Young Professionals Dinner   6pm

Saturday

Morning services 9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Saturday night Maariv minyan 5:15 pm

At the home of Neil Wallin 79 Laight St (West/Washington) #2D 

Shabbat ends 5:15pm

Sunday

First Candle

Monday

Morning services   7:15am

Hebrew School on hiatus

Tuesday

Morning services   7:15am

Evening services   4:30pm

Wednesday/Legal Holiday

Office closed, services TBD

 

 

Vayeshev presents us with yet another sticky conundrum: how do we explain the fratricidal behavior of Joseph's brothers?!

We start with the Talmudic concept of Rodef which refers to someone who is threatening someone else's life. As the logic dictates, one is entitled to do whatever is necessary to eliminate that threat. In this case, in the brothers' estimation, Joseph represented more than a threat to their physical well being, he threatened their spiritual future and that of all their descendants.

How so?

He was constantly criticizing their behavior to their father Jacob. The brothers noted that up until this generation there had always been a selection whereby the chosen son would continue the legacy and the castoffs would be relegated to the spiritual dustbin of history. This is what happened to Ishmael and to Esau, why wouldn't this be the case with them?

Thus, they made the fateful decision to eliminate Joseph as a threat, albeit a flawed decision, from which we are suffering to the present day!

Mazel Tov to Deborah and Carlos Gutierrez for the birth of a boy last night! Details to follow.

Condolences to Colin Kelly for the loss of his father. He will be receiving guests Saturday night (12/21), from 6:15 to 9:45 pm, in the residents' lounge in the lobby of our building, 25 Broad St., Manhattan.

Presentation of Hebrew-Spanish Chumashim to the Patronato Synagogue in Havana

Rabbi Glass will make a presentation about his trip during services Shabbat morning.

A full travelogue will be forthcoming.

Amazing Children's Chanukah Party on Monday

 

Kol HaKavod to our Director Yael Even Esh!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

December 12, 2019
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:13pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

David Smith to read the Torah

Eli Weiss to deliver the Dvar Torah

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Saturday night Maariv minyan 5:15 pm

At the home of Neil Wallin 79 Laight St (West/Washington) #2D 

Shabbat ends 5:15pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School Party!   4pm

 

 

In Parshat Vayishlach, on the evening before Jacob has to confront Esau, he is attacked by a mysterious being with whom he wrestles until dawn. Explanations abound regarding the actual nature of this being but there is a fascinating Midrash that presents two opinions: either the being appeared like a pagan or it appeared like a Torah scholar. My rebbe from Israel suggests that we can meld the two opinions as presenting two sides of the coin of temptation.

There are scenarios when the choice between good and bad are obvious but there are others when it is not so clear. The wrong path may be dressed up to look like the right way such that true discernment and inner strength are necessary to see through the ruse. 

Two big Chanukah events:

TriBeCa Torah Children's Chanukah Party 12/15 at 4pm!

Please reserve asap here

Young Professionals Pre Chanukah Shabbat Dinner 12/20 at 6pm.

Please reserve here.

Rabbi Glass will be away this Shabbat preparing for a humanitarian mission to Havana this coming week. Together with Ken Paskar, a leader in these efforts, they will be delivering materials and energizing the community with Torah and Tefillah. A full report will be forthcoming upon his return.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

December 5, 2019
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting    4:13pm

 

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Family service   5:30pm

 

Dinner   6:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Torah reading by Ben Zion Glass

For his Bar Mitzvah anniversary

 

Kiddush sponsored by Joy and Rami Mishani

 

Evening services    5:15pm

@ 79 Laight Street

 

Shabbat ends   5:20pm

 

Sunday

 

Morning services   8:30am

@79 Laight Street

 

Evening services   4:15pm

@ 79 Laight Street

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

On hiatus for Rabbi’s vacation

 

 

 

 

In Vayetze Jacob has most of his children including Leah’s 4th son Judah. Upon his birth she proclaims “this time let me thank God” and then gives him a name that is related to the Hebrew word for thanking. Our sages state that this was the momentous first time in the Torah that a phrase of gratitude was recorded.

 

As such, it is so appropriate that we reserve this Friday night as the occasion to show appreciation to our community for all the ways it supports the TriBeCa Synagogue, whether financially, or in time and effort of just by being there for all of us. We will celebrate with a Friday night Shabbat dinner to which everyone is invited and generously sponsored by our president Eli and Yael Weiss in memory of his grandfather who passed away this year.

 

The dinner will begin officially at 6:30pm; Rabbi Glass will conduct a Family/Hebrew School service at 5:30pm

 

This week the kiddush is sponsored by Joy and Rami Mishani in memory of her father Sidney Reiter who passed away this year and her mother Marilyn, with whom he made a great team.

 

Wallin* Shiva Schedule:

 

THURSDAY
4:15 PM- Mincha/Maariv 
Shiva visits until 10:00 PM
FRIDAY
7:45 AM - Shacharit
Shiva visits until 1:00 PM
SATURDAY NIGHT
5:15 - Maariv
Shiva visits until 11:00 PM
SUNDAY
Shacharit 8:30 AM
Mincha/Maariv 4:15 PM
Shiva visits all day until 10:00 PM

 

*79 Laight Street

 

PLEASE help with the minyanim! Contact Rabbi Glass at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org with your availability.

 

Upcoming:

 

Children’s Chanukah Gala Party    December 16th  3:30pm to 6pm

 

Young Professionals Pre Chanukah Shabbat Dinner   December 20th   6pm

 

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