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Weekly Newsletter

October 22, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT 

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85034379053

Candle lighting    5:45pm

Evening services   5:50pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Shabbat ends   6:44pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   7:15pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867916002

 

Sunday Night Shmooze  6pm

With Roz Bernstein

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83129283487

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88611721929

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953937095

 

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953937095  

 

 

 

 

In the portion of Noah and the flood we see that when the waters had receded Noah doesn't leave the ark until he is commanded to. This is curious because human nature would dictate that after the harrowing months cooped up with all the animals, that divine encouragement to get out would be unnecessary.

Rabbi Barry Gelman of Houston, Texas suggests that actually Noah couldn't bring himself to leave the ark in anticipation of a very different world, a world totally devoid of its previous existence. He just didn't have the energy to rebuild, so he needed God's insistence on leaving to start anew.

As we get closer to emerging from our present challenge, undoubtedly we will have to deal with a world and a community completely different from the one we knew. We might feel overwhelmed by the task to rebuild our lives into one that will adapt to the new life awaiting us. Let us pray for the same divine strength that accompanied Noah at that auspicious time in human history. 

The TriBeCa Synagogue extends a tremendous Mazal Tov to Dr. Elan Goldwyn and Michelle Ross, longtime generous members and trustees, for the Bar Mitzvah of their son Benjamin this weekend!

The Downtown Minyan will be joining us this Shabbat so preliminaries will begin at 10am and the communal service will begin at 10:30am. All services are being held outdoors with all covid protocols in force.

This Sunday Shmooze we present our longtime member Dr. Roslyn Bernstein, former Chairman of the Journalism Department at Baruch College, to discuss her most recent book Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews from around the World.

 

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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

October 15, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Tonight

Portion of the Week   7pm

Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 879 6831 1845  

Candle lighting  5:55pm

Evening services   6pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Shabbat ends   6:53pm 

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7:30pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 838 6791 6002  

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Morning services   7:30am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Ari Enkin had a fascinating observation regarding the story of creation in Bereishit. He noted that the term Tov (good) was stated for every aspect of creation with the exception of the creation of humankind. It seems counterintuitive to call a squid good and not the amazing human being.

He explains that one can only use the term good for a finished product like an animal as opposed to the human being who is created with potential that is supposed to be attained during it's sojourn on this earth. If one does, then maybe then one can pronounce good but until then we have to say the jury is out.

This is an especially relevant message at this time of year at the heels of a season dedicated to resolving for self improvement. 

So join us tonight  at for an enlightening parsha session on Zoom!

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Cheshvan which will begin on Sunday and Monday.

The Downtown Minyan will again be joining us for Saturday morning services. In person services will remain outdoors weather permitting. To help us keep track of attendance, please, if at all possible, register in advance at this link.  All are welcome!

TriBeCa Synagogue thanks everyone who helped organize our 5781 holiday season under very challenging circumstances. Special acknowledgement to our executive committee of President Eli Weiss, Executive Vice President Neil Wallin and Treasurer Robert Moezinia for their leadership and guidance. Also to our staff of Alex Glass and Dolores Wine of our office and Mike Galliano and Akira for our maintenance needs. And tremendous appreciation to all those who trusted our efforts and attended in force throughout.

 

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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
 

Sukkot/Hoshana Rabah/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

October 8, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday

Parsha class on one week hiatus

 

Friday/Hoshana Raba

Morning services   7am

Candle lighting   6:06pm

Evening services   6:15pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

YIZKOR    11:15am

Farewell to the Sukkah   5:45pm

Evening services   6pm  

Candle lighting   7:04pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   9:30am

Yom Tov ends  7:01pm

 

Monday 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday 

Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm

On zoom 

Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

 

 

 

The Sukkot holiday is concluding with a potentially bewildering calendar configuration:

Tonight and tomorrow is the last official day of Sukkot but it has an important overlay of being yet another day of judgment, yet another chance to make good on our resolution to become better people and regret our past misdeeds. This day is called Hoshana Rabah, or the big hoshana, because at the morning service the lulav circles the Torah 7 times and we perform the arava ritual. 

Next comes the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, debatably called the 8th day of Sukkot, but is essentially a separate holiday dedicated to the special relationship that the Jewish nation enjoys with the Almighty. The confusing part is that we still sit in the sukkah on that day like every other holiday that is observed for an extra day in the diaspora, dating back to ancient times when word of the holiday would take too long to get out. We then observe a second day of Shemini Atzeret which is given its overlay of Simchat Torah when we complete the Torah and celebrate that accomplishment.

It is similar to Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah on the beginning of the 8th week after Passover; so we have a "second" Shavuot on the 8th day after the beginning of Sukkot. The connection being that while the number 7 represents the natural order, then the number 8 signifies transcending nature which is what we hope to accomplish with the study and the observance of the Torah. 

TriBeCa Synagogue's Journey through the Holidays in Pictures:

 

Annulling vows on the eve of Rosh HaShana

 

 

Kol Nidrei on Zoom attended by 40 participants

 

Procession with the Lulav and Etrog

Note: Shemini Atzeret will be very different this year firstly because of our virus protocols but also because we welcome back the Downtown Minyan for this Saturday and Sunday morning. All services will continue to be held outdoors. A detailed schedule of events will be forthcoming shortly.

TriBeCa Synagogue is grateful to Board Member Eve Goldberg and Executive Vice President Neil Wallin for sponsoring kiddush Saturday morning commemorating the yahrtzeit of Eve's father William Goldberg-Zev ben Binyamin, of blessed memory.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

October 1, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Sukkot Prep   7pm

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Candle lighting   6:17pm

EVENING SERVICES   6:15pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

EVENING SERVICES   6:00pm

Light Candles   7:15pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   9:30am

Yom Tov ends   7:12pm

 

Monday through Thursday

Morning services   7:15am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

 

 

 

 

It's a common lament regarding the incredible concentration of holidays in a relatively short period of time. The truth is that if one really understood the opportunity of Sukkot it wouldn't be a mystery. Sitting in the Sukkah is the closest to being enveloped by the Divine presence and holding the lulav is embracing an object of God's royalty. Such honor only makes sense after a people has done the holy and hard work of purification of the last number of weeks. 

Important notes: 

While we have sukkot, we can only provide a small kiddush to fulfill the mitzvah after each service. We cannot provide communal meals due to it being impossible to social distance in enclosed areas.

All services will be held outdoors weather permitting.

Please make every effort to attend services to ensure a minyan.

 

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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

September 24, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

YOM KIPPUR PREP!   7PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655 

or ID  #  845 4683 2655 no password

 

Friday

Selichot   7:10am

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87968311845  

or ID # 879 6831 1845 no password

Candle lighting   6:29pm

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Saturday 

Morning services   10am

Shabbat ends   7:27pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86882017765  

or ID # 868 8201 7765 no password

 

Sunday

Kol Nidrei on Zoom   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83865854555 

or ID # 838 6585 4555 no password

Late Mincha   6:15pm

In person Kol Nidrei   6:30pm

 

Full Yom Kippur Schedule and beyond coming tomorrow!

 

 

This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of Repentance, as it takes place during this season of repentance, the 10 Days of Penitence between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While we know the sages tell us that our lives are in the balance, Maimonides goes a step further. He says that just like we should consider our status as depending on whether one good deed or bad deed could tip the scale, we should consider the entire world as equal in its merits and demerits. Thus one act on our part could shape the destiny of the universe for 5781!

All this points to the awareness we must have of our responsibility to ourselves and the community, hopefully making us extra careful in ALL our actions throughout this auspicious period.

The parsha this week is Haazinu, a profound poem calling heaven and earth as witnesses to Moses' last address to the Israelite nation.

The Downtown Minyan joins us this Shabbat and we request RSVP's asap to monitor attendance: rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org 

This will be the last Shabbat of zoom programming for some time due to the upcoming holidays. After the holidays we will restructure the virtual synagogue to adapt to the changing times.

All Zoom classes will continue uninterrupted.

 

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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

September 17, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

WEEKDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES RESUME ON MONDAY

 

TONIGHT

Zoom Class on Rosh HaShana!   7pm

ID # Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655 no password 

or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655

NO ZOOM THIS WEEKEND!

 

Friday

Abridged Selichot   7am

Morning services   7:30am

Hatarat Nedarim   8am

(Releasing of Vows)  

Candle lighting   6:41pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   10am

1st Shofar   11am

2nd Shofar  Noon

Tashlich at the Hudson   1:30pm

Behind Stuyvesant High School

 

Monday/Fast of Gedaliah

Fast begins   5:31am

Selichot   7am

Morning services   7:30am

Mincha   1:30pm

Hebrew School

Fast ends   7:28pm

 

Tuesday-Friday

Selichot   7:10am

Morning services   7:30am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

(Except Friday)

 

 

In the Psalm we read today for Thursday it states: Sound the Shofar on the month, when it's covered, on the day of our holiday. Being "covered" is an expression for the beginning of any month, as is the case with Rosh Hashana, which is the beginning of the month of Tishrei. This is because the new moon appears to be covered as it's view is occluded. 

 

The connection to the Jewish nation in general is that we mirror the moon in its waxing and waning throughout its monthly cycle and our history throughout the millennia. Individually, our souls wax and wane throughout the year as we traverse the geography of our annual calendar. We begin the year with our souls in a state of being "covered" because of the long months without uplifting holidays. But just like the moon, which gradually emerges from the shadows and builds in light through Yom Kippur and beyond, we too grow in spiritual light, day by day, throughout the 10 days of penitence and beyond.

Looking forward to joining everyone on this wonderful journey, Shana Tova!

TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates our longtime members Ken and Denise Rosenblum for the wedding of their daughter Nancy last night to our member David Holmberg!

NOTE-Registration for the second day of Rosh HaShana, this Sunday, is very light. Please keep in mind that that is the only day of Shofar and register if you can to insure proper attendance.

 

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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

September 10, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha Class    7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   6pm

ID # 879-6831-1845 no password   

Evening services   6:30pm

Candle lighting   6:52pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   7:51pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz    8:30pm

ID # 868-8201-7765 no password  

 

SELICHOT 

Monday - Thursday   7:15am

Morning services

Monday - Thursday   7:30am

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs    6pm

ID # 886 1172 1929 no password 

 

In Nitzavim we have Moses on his last day of life creating yet another covenant. Was anything added?

From the expressions of inclusivity such as "children, wives, sojourners" and "from woodcutters to water drawers" the commentators derive the introduction of the important concept of collective responsibility (Arevut). Beyond our individual requirement to be servants of the Almighty we would need to look into the spiritual welfare of our fellow Jew. How this is to be handled is a very involved conversation but a lot of it is self explanatory. Certainly the past few months have provided many opportunities to inquire and empathize with the physical, financial and spiritual struggles of many in our community. 

Since TriBeCa Synagogue has opened its "doors" on July 1st an amazing development has transpired with multiple Jewish groups flocking to the plaza for activities not possible elsewhere. They include the Jewish Latin Center, The Downtown Minyan, Meor, JCP and Chabad of TriBeCa and a wonderful article in the TriBeCa Citizen regarding this can be accessed here:

https://tribecacitizen.com/2020/09/04/tribeca-synagogue-is-putting-its-outdoor-space-to-good-use/

We are honored to be able to do our part in looking after the needs of our fellow Jews in our community!

Congratulations to David Holmberg for the completion of his conversion this week!

Congratulations to Ken and Jennifer Paskar celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today!

Tomorrow we observe the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, albeit in muted fashion.

Tomorrow morning Chava Chalom will observe the yahrtzeit for her father at morning minyan with Tehillim.

 

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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

September 3, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT

Parsha Class   7pm

ID: 848 5948 2897 no password

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat  6pm

ID # 879 6831 1845 no password

Evening services   6:45pm

Candle lighting   7:04pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:03pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   8:30pm

ID: 868 8201 7765  no password

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

No services 

 

Tuesday

Morning services  7:30am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Meeting ID: 861 2920 5698

 

Parshat Ki Tavo begins with the mitzvah of Bikurim, first fruits, which was quite a ceremony when the temple stood. One would gather them, put them in a basket, march to Jerusalem and present them to the Kohen who would wave the basket and the presenter would make a declaration. 

Rabbi Ari Enkin makes the observation that the well to do would put their gift in a golden basket which was returned to the owner while the lesser fortunate had their fruits in a wicker basket that the Kohen kept, which seems counterintuitive.

He explains that those with the means to write a check don't demonstrate the level of devotion of someone who has to take the time and effort to create an object for a mitzvah. That is the kind of gesture that the Almighty wants to hold on to. 

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Igor Chernomzav and Esther Hammerman for their wedding to take place this weekend.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

August 27, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
Tonight
 
Parsha Class    7pm
On Zoom: ID # 848-5948-2897 no password 
 
Friday
 
Morning services   7:30am 

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  
 
Candle lighting   7:15pm
 
Evening services   6:45pm
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   8:15pm
 
Havdalah and Kumzitz with Rabbi Glass and Miriam  8:45pm
ID # 868-8201-7765 no password  
 

Sunday Night Shmooze  

On hiatus through Labor Day

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

Among the many mitzvot enumerated in Parshat Ki Teitzei is the obligation to return a lost ox or sheep to one's "brother". The Ramban notes that the other time this mitzvah was presented, i.e. Exodus 23:4, it says "your enemy". He explains that what one can accomplish with such kindness is literally turning an enemy into a brother. The Baal HaTurim goes further by interpreting the reflexive phrase "you shall return it to him" (והשבותו לו) as meaning that you also return the owner to "himself", namely that you restore the victim's humanity. 
 
How so?
 
The entire time the victim is at a loss, he is in peril of assuming there was a perpetrator, someone who stole it from him and as such his faith in his fellow human being is shattered. Upon the item being returned, not only does he realize that people aren't as bad as he thought but actually quite righteous.
 
The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of twin girls, Charlotte and Elizabeth, last week to our past president Avi Turkel and his wife Miranda. Congratulations also to his mother Toby, another past president, for becoming a grandmother! Everyone is doing well. 
 
Tomorrow we will issue a formal presentation regarding the High Holidays at TriBeCa Synagogue.
 

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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

August 20, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha Class on Zoom   7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   7:15am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Candle lighting   7:26pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Shabbat ends   8:26pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz with Rabbi Glass and Miriam  9pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

We begin the month of Elul today and tomorrow whose sign of the zodiac or mazal, is Betula (Virgo). We know that this sign indicates the spirit of repentance (Teshuva) of this time of year as the verse states in Jeremiah 31:20: Return (shuvi) virgin of Israel to your cities. 

But more than basic repentance there is a deeper implication by calling Israel a betula, long after we were considered unfaithful to God on numerous occasions with our idol worship. The prophet implies that teshuva is so powerful that we can return ourselves to our original pristine innocence. We have the power to erase the unpleasant past and create a bright new future.

Considering the events and circumstances of the last difficult months we are beset with concern and negativity of what the future will bring for us. What will our neighborhood be like, what will our lives be like, will we ever be able to go back to a semblance of what we had before all of this. On the other hand, Elul, and the days of awe, bring a promise of hope and renewal; that we can look forward to an individual and a communal restoration of peace and harmony, of course doing our part, as well, for ourselves and for our community. 

At TriBeCa Synagogue we have been working hard to reopen the shul with all the appropriate protocols for the challenges of our time. Presently we have outdoor weekday morning and Friday night services, and tomorrow morning we will begin sounding the shofar on a daily basis. This Saturday will be our first Shabbat morning service on a trial basis. And we have sent you a survey to assess your requests for high holiday services so that we can tailor them to fit your needs. Hebrew School will also begin right after Labor Day on zoom until the end of 2020.

Please consider joining us for these occasions as your part in the overall effort to re-coalesce our congregation into the thriving hub of Jewish life it has been for decades. We are sure that you will find here Elul's promise of hope and renewal!

This week is the portion of Shoftim and we congratulate Hugh Lippman and Eileen Hecht for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Rachel this Shabbat at that synagogue. They have been devoted members for many, many years and Rachel has been a fixture at our services from her early childhood.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

August 13, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Candle lighting   7:36pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Birkat HaChodesh 

Shabbat ends   8:38pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass     9:15pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

Sunday Night Shmooze

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password  

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password

 
 
 


 

 

Parshat Re'eh begins with the monumental concept of free will; we have a choice to behave in a way that will either lead to blessing or curse. And this is considered such a gift that one of the first blessings we recite in the morning reads: Who has given the heart the understanding between day and night (which refers to good and evil). It is the primary factor that distinguishes humanity from any other entity in the creation. 

We will soon be entering the month of Elul which is when we begin to take stock of how we managed this great gift. We recite Birkat HaChodesh this Saturday for Elul taking place next Thursday and Friday and the molad, or mean conjunction, is Wednesday, August 19th at 1:54am and 16 Chalakim.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Rabbi and Mrs. Glass for the upcoming bar mitzvah of their grandson, Yissochor Yosef Bronstein, this weekend in New Jersey.

 

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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

August 6, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha on Zoom   7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30am

Candle lighting   7:45pm

Greet Shabbat With Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:48pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:15pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

(Just social this week)

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password  

 

Tuesday 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password

 
 
 


 

 

Last week's portion and this week's portion, Eikev, present us the first 2 paragraphs of the Shema. They seem repetitive, but a second look identifies the addition of the concept of reward and punishment in the second paragraph. The sages say that they represent two levels of motivation when it comes to observance of the mitzvot. This week we have the level of observance based on reward and punishment but last week we had the concept of observing simply for the love of God, a very lofty level.

The Talmud makes it clear that there is nothing lacking if motivated by consequences, good or bad, but having that higher goal will always pull us higher, even if we never quite get to that level.

We continue to maintain both an in person and virtual synagogue. Your participation in both will insure that they continue and expand!

 

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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

July 30, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Torah class on zoom  7pm

ID # 886-2130-2762 no password  

The fast ends at 8:51pm

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Evening services   6:45pm

Candle lighting   7:53pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:57pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   9:15pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

 

Sunday night Shmooze 

On one week hiatus

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password

 
 
 


 

 

Today is the lowest day of the Jewish calendar accompanied by all the restrictions that limit our comfort in a way not matched any other time of the year. Indeed, the Book of Lamentations (Eicha) that we read last night is also the saddest work of our Tanach. Some of the verses even seem to rub salt in the wound by reminding us of how good things were before the destruction and exile. But Diane Kolatch of YUHS for Girls in Queens actually sees a strong note of consolation.

Jeremiah is reminding us of our previous existence with the Temple, the priests and the vibrancy of the land, to show us that even though they are gone now, the fact that they were part of our history remains with us. We are better and enriched as a people for having them as our heritage. And it is this fiber of our national being that is the foundation of their return, please God, speedily in our days!

We read the second portion of Dvarim this Shabbat with Vaetchanan, which includes the review of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

And check out the latest from our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb in the Jewish Week! https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/moses-teaches-us-something-new/

TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of a daughter to our devoted members Jeff and Liubasha Dagowitz this past weekend! Everyone is doing very well.

Content note: Because Torah study is prohibited on Tisha B'Av, today's parsha class will be devoted to the Talmudic rendition of the destruction of the Second Temple as recorded in Tractate Gittin 55a. ID # 886-2130-2762 no password.

We continue to maintain a blending of in person services and a virtual synagogue as detailed on the calendar side.

 

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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

July 23, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm
ID # 886-2130-2762 no password
 
Friday
 
Morning service   7:30am
 
Candle lighting   8pm
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  
 
Evening services   6:45pm
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   9:06pm
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam
ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  
 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password

(just social this week)

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm   

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

This week we begin the Book of Deuteronomy (Dvarim) which has the nickname Mishneh Torah, which means repetition of the Torah, because it primarily repeats many sections of the previous books. In this week's portion we reprise the sin of the spies which is appropriate for this week because tradition has it that it took place on Tisha B'Av, which falls on this coming Thursday. This Shabbat is called Shabbat Chazon because the haftarah is the first chapter of the Book of Isaiah which begins with the phrase Chazon, meaning vision. 

We enter the most intense stage of our communal mourning period with the 9 days which include restrictions of meat, wine, laundering and bathing for pleasure. 

For Tisha B'Av!

Wednesday night mincha/maariv at 8pm followed by the chanting of Lamentations (Eicha).

Thursday morning shacharit 7:15am, Kinot to be recited at home.

Last Friday we began our first Kabbalat Shabbat in person service which was well attended; please join us this Friday evening. Our weekday morning services are off and running as well but we still need all hands on deck, whomever might be available.

 

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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

July 16, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 882-2130-2762 no password

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Candle lighting   8:06pm

 

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 811-5769-0844 no password

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Bless the New Moon

Molad Av Monday Afternoon  

1:10pm with 15 Chalakim

 

Shabbat ends  9:12pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:20pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password

 

Sunday Night Shmooze  7pm

With Dakota Jackson!

ID # 882-8489-4096 no password

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 837-7015-4500

 

Wednesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

 
 
 


 

 

With the double portion of Matot-Maasei we complete the Book of Numbers and have the largest Torah reading of the year. Topics include the tribes of Gad and Reuben negotiating for their territory, the boundaries of Israel in general, cities of refuge and much more. But we start with a detailed discussion of oaths and vows and how to annul them if necessary. The Torah makes a big deal about our uttering promises and making commitments as evidenced by the first order of business on Yom Kippur being the Kol Nidrei, which in essence is a formula to release us from our vows and oaths as we enter the holiest day of the year.

 

One reason for this overriding concern and emphasis derives from the nature of our power of speech, which is what creates these expressions. Although our speech is essentially just another part of our physical entity, when you think about it, it is the closest part of our bodies to the spiritual. While it is an energy wave which can be measured by machines, it still is far more ethereal than the rest of our corporeal identity. As such, the Torah is very concerned that we guard its "sanctity" in any way we can and keeping our word is the most important way to do that. 

 

Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Av, which ushers in the second, and more severe stage of mourning leading up to the 9th of Av. This year, most rabbinic authorities feel that the normal additional restrictions of this time period can be relaxed due to the extra care needed to protect ourselves from the virus. 

 

We are pleased to announce that our in person services are proceeding apace with Shacharit every day at 7:30am. Our reopening has been documented by Carl Glassman of the TriBeCa Trib in this article: http://tribecatrib.com/content/shows-were-back-praying-again-tribeca-synagogue-al-fresco

 

(If you have any availability for the morning minyan we appeal for your help to attend, contact rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org)

 

In person Friday night services will begin this Friday on the plaza at 6:45pm. Morning services for Rosh Chodesh this Wednesday morning will be held at 7:15am.

 

Check out our Sunday Night Shmooze this Sunday featuring our own Dakota Jackson to talk about his amazing career in Magic and Furniture Design and so much more! Sunday 7pm on Zoom with ID # 882-8489-4096 and no password.

Last week we omitted to credit this photo to Carl Glassman of the TriBeCa Trib:

 

 

 

 

 

We apologize for the omission.

 

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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

July 9, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TODAY/Fast Day

Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 886-2130-2762 no password

Fast ends 9:09pm

 

Friday

Morning services*  7:30am

Candle lighting   8:10pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family  6pm

ID # 811-5769-0844 no password

Evening services*   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   9:17pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:30pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password

 

Monday - Friday

Morning services*   7:30am

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 837-7015-4500 no password

*Please help with the minyan!

 
 
 


 

 

This week the portion of the week is Pinchas which in the beginning focuses on "Kina" which is loosely translated as zealotry. Unfortunately in the modern era this has been associated with "martyrs" attacking innocent individuals as opposed to Pinchas who reacted to an actual crime committed in the public arena.

Today is the Fast of the 17th day of Tammuz commemorating the breach of the outer wall of the city which made the eventual destruction of the Temple a fait accompli. But according to our tradition it was the date of the Golden Calf. It begins the Ashkenazic custom of observing mourning rituals through the 9th of Av. For this initial period we refrain from haircuts and live music.

Up and running with our first minyan!

Including the naming of Daniella Libby Mordechai

 

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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

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
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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


 
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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
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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
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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
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

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

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

 
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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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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

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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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 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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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
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212 966-7141
Email: info@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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Our mailing address is:
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Sun, October 25 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781