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Weekly Newsletter

September 17, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   6:43pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors/Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   7:41pm

 

Monday

Morning services   7:20am

"Remember the days of old, understand the years from generation to generation" is a keynote of our parsha Haazinu. The word for 'understand', Bina, is related to the word for 'between', Bain. Thus, there is a subtle hint that one must recognize there are differences between generations, and sometimes adjustments are necessary. And since "adjustments" are precarious in that when applied improperly they can overturn the whole system, with the proper judgment they are key to its preservation.

Examples abound, like the decision to write down the Oral Torah, etc. and certainly, with the breakneck pace of technological advancement, constant adjustments will continue to be in order. However, we pray for the Divine guidance necessary to design an observant lifestyle consistent with ancient principles but adapted to the 21st century.

Congratulations to all who made this high holiday season a tremendous experience for all who participated. Please heed the inspiring words of our President Eli Weiss and keep the momentum going with the rest of the holiday and beyond!

Once again we express our deepest appreciation to Nancy Aaronson for being on the front lines and shouldering the gargantuan task of maintaining our protocols keeping everyone safe. We are also deeply indebted to our treasurer Robert Moezinia for sponsoring our break fast, such a beautiful and warm way to conclude the holiday!

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

September 9, 2021
 
 

Friday

Selichot   7am 

Morning service   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   6:54pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Outdoors

9/11 Interfaith Ceremony   NOON

Shabbat ends   7:53pm

 

Monday/Tuesday 

Selichot   7am

 

Wednesday

Selichot   7:15am

This week is Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of Penitence, which falls between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. We read Parshat Vayelech which presents the last mitzvah of the Torah called Hakhel, which means congregate. At the conclusion of the Sabbatical year, on Sukkot, the entire populace was expected to gather in Jerusalem to hear the king read the book of Deuteronomy. The Torah is very specific in mentioning every demographic, even small children.

This reading is especially timely as Yom Kippur is the occasion that brings out the biggest numbers of a community and while this year Rosh HaShana had very encouraging attendance, Yom Kippur will bring our biggest numbers in 2 years. And this is also directly relevant to the season of repentance as there is strength in numbers. When we cast our lot with the community, our judgment is tempered by their collective merit. 

We are extremely pleased with our Rosh HaShana experience as all went smooth even against unprecedented challenges. We must thank those who worked so hard to make it happen with the utmost of caution to ensure our safety:

Nancy Aaronson, Perry Parker, Dolores Wine and our staff were superb in all they accomplished. The children's area was amazing thanks to Deborah Gutierrez and the food was incredible thanks to our sponsors Toby Turkel, Abe Dweck, Robert Levine and the Board of Directors.

Today is the Fast of Gedaliah which commemorates the assasination of Gedaliah ben Achikom which was the event that was the catalyst for a much bigger catastrophe after the destruction of the First Temple. The fast ends at 7:49pm.

Additionally, this Saturday is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. As the primary synagogue of that difficult time we will commemorate the event with an Interfaith Ceremony hosted by the Lower Manhattan Clergy Council. This will begin at noon, after services, and introduced by former Council Member of the 1st District, Alan J. Gerson. Participating clergy will include Dr. Marc Rivera of the Primitive Christian Church, Imam Abdoulaye Abalde of the Masjid of Manhattan and Rabbi Glass.

Kiddush will follow, generously sponsored by Laura Florman and Alan Gerson. 

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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

September 2, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

Last class

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week/

High Holiday Prep   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Selichot   7am

Morning services  7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages  

Candle lighting   7:06pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   8:05pm

 

Monday/Erev Rosh HaShanah

Selichot   8am

Morning services   8:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

MUST reserve in advance

Dinner 7:15pm 

MUST reserve in advance

 

You are standing, Nitzavim, before  the Lord your God, begins this week's portion and then goes on to itemize all strata of society: your heads, elders, officers, every one of Israel. All ages and professions are included in this final covenant Moses conducts on the last day of his life. 

With this being read right before the high holidays we note how no other time of year in the Jewish calendar unites us in worship like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We all find common cause with the goal of introspection and self improvement. And while we are still struggling with Covid, this year will see many more of us together at this special time which portends our continued path towards full community Jewish life. May it come speedily in our days and may we all be inscribed in the book of life for a happy and healthy new year!

PLEASE RESERVE ASAP TO ATTEND HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES!

Security for the month of Elul is sponsored by Chava Chalom in memory of her father. As a young adult, while living in Egypt, Mayer Chalom Ben Eliyahu HaLevi V’Esther served in the Royal British Navy. There, he assisted in smuggling thousands of Jews from Alexandria to Palestine. Those Jews later pioneered the state of Israel. Subsequently, he  escaped (Egypt) from religious persecution.

Mayer’s philosophy of life is best captured in Psalm 100, the sum of Thanksgiving. It says, “Evidu et HaShem b’simchah” ..... “ and you shall serve HaShem with gladness.”

Everything he did in life, whether in Egypt, and Europe, or in the United States, he did with sheer joy. He was a role model for his family and his community.

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 26, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors/Kiddush

Candle lighting   7:17pm

Shabbat ends 8:17pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors/Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Desserts by Chava Chalom

 

Monday - Friday

Selichot 

 

The first topic of Parshat Ki Tavo is the mitzvah Bikkurim, the first fruits, which the farmer was obligated to bring to the Temple in Jerusalem on the occasion of Shavuot. He makes a declaration of thanksgiving but also includes a reference to our suffering in Egypt. Rabbi Munk explains that even in times of intense joy and accomplishment like this, it is important to remember that there are no guarantees in life so one's pride should be held in check.

How many of us were riding high not so long ago and then kicked to the carpet in a relatively short period? Thus, with God's help, as we emerge whole again we should never forget how quickly things can turn around.

Friday night the Gutierrez family and the Konigsberg family will sponsor a mezze platter as Robert Konigsberg will observe yahrtzeit for his father and Deborah Gutierrez welcomes her parents from Mexico City.

Saturday, Chava Chalom will sponsor a sweet table for the upcoming yahrtzeit of her father Mayer Chalom. At Kiddush, Tehillim will be recited. She is also sponsoring security for the month of Elul and a gala breakfast Monday morning when we will recite the memorial prayer for Mayer ben Eliyahu HaLevi V'Esther Z"l. Mayer would often say, in his beautiful accent, "You're living, eh!" "Enjoy!"  It would be great if we could exchange those greetings this Shabbat. 

Next week we begin reciting Selichot, every morning at 7am.

 

RESERVE YOUR HIGH HOLIDAY SEATS NOW!!

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Weekly Newsletter

August 19, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

 Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services  6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:28pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends  8:28pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

 Siddur/Hebrew Reading  8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Ki Tetze, among the many topics, we revisit the prohibition of interest. Although the commonly used term in Hebrew is Ribit, here it is called Neshech (bite) for understandable reasons. 

 For full context we note that generally speaking we are referring to interest on business loans and the concern here is lack of faith. Essentially, the lender is demanding his profits up front while if he was a true God fearing person, he would let things play out. 

 As such, when the sages created the loophole called heter iska, it is worded like a business loan describing what we would call interest as "profits", as if the loan was actually an "investment".

 We are told that giving a loan is considered the highest form of Tzedakah so the Torah is exhorting us to preserve the purity of such kindness as much as possible. 

Reserve seats for the high holidays here:

A full bulletin will be forthcoming shortly.

Security for the month of Elul is generously sponsored by Chava Chalom in loving memory of her father Meyer Chalom ben Eliayu HaLevi whose yahrtzeit occurs this month. As a child he lived during very challenging times in Egypt. He escaped religious persecution. Yet he was able to raise a family around Torah and the basic teachings of love, kindness, gratitude and generosity. These attributes were weaved into every aspect of his life.

Recently Joseph Weissberg published and article relating to ecological issues in Israel. He was Bar Mitzvah here 3 years ago:

https://m.jpost.com/opinion/the-effort-to-eradicate-litter-opinion-675469

We regret to inform you of the passing of an old friend, Evelyn Shafer, this week. The arrangements are private but the Portion of the Week class will have to be on hiatus this week.

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Weekly Newsletter

August 12, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services  6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:38pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   8:39pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

 

 

Much has been proposed to explain the double expression צדק צדק תרדוף Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue which is the keynote of our parsha Shoftim. Rabbi Munk seems to have the most essential explanation that both the process as well as the final result have to be just. In other words, when it comes to the judicial matters, we don't say the ends justify the means. Everything has to be both just, and righteous.


Security for the month of Elul is generously sponsored by Chava Chalom in loving memory of her father, Mayer Chalom ben Eliyahu HaLevi. May his memory be for a blessing. It is hoped that this will lead to communal feelings of happiness and conviviality throughout these special Shabatot.

Important information regarding policy and the High Holidays will be forthcoming shortly.

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 5, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outside, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:47pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush outdoors

Shabbat ends   8:50pm

Sunday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   8am

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   7:10am

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

 

 

In Parshat Re'eh we reprise the concept of the Sabbatical Year or Shmittah. This is practically relevant as this coming year, with Rosh Hashanah, will indeed begin a Sabbatical Year. Most of us are familiar with the requirement to lay our fields fallow for that year but this week we introduce the concept of Shmitat K'safim, or the cancellation of debts.

Technically all money owed to a creditor is nullified, unconditionally, but the sages explain that there remains a moral obligation for the debtor to repay the loan. The intention behind such an extreme mitzvah was that this was only supposed to be for extreme hardship on the part of the debtor and not to be abused by the unscrupulous. And to avoid abuse, eventually Hillel instituted the mechanism called Pruzbul, whereby the creditor can hand over the debt to the court for "collection".

Ultimately, these mitzvot are all designed to create a reset, as it were, for society , every 7 years. It seems that we could all use a reset of sorts right about now!

This Saturday we bless the new month of Elul and the molad is Sunday morning at 10:43am with 10 Chalakim.

Rosh Chodesh Elul is Sunday and Monday. We begin to sound the shofar daily this Monday morning.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

July 29, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

Portion of the Week  7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services    7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outside, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:55pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush outdoors with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   8:59pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

NEW Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

Beautiful photo of "a synagogue in the diaspora"

by Marcelo Duek.

 

In our portion of Ekev, we have the 2nd paragraph of the Shma which concludes with a promise of long life למען ירבו ימיכם. And although this promise seems to be connected with living in the land of Israel, the Talmud says it extends to those who frequent the synagogues of the diaspora. The Maharsha explains that this is because there is a connection between a synagogue and the Temple in Jerusalem, as the Talmud further states: at the redemption, all the synagogues of the diaspora will be transplanted to Israel.

What a merit it is, therefore, to attend synagogue and we hope to see you all as we enter the days of awe which are right around the corner!

Please renew your membership or consider becoming a member. Contact the office for details.

A communication to the general public will be forthcoming next week. 

Starting this Tuesday: With the completion of the Book of Proverbs we will start back at the beginning of Tanach with the Book of Joshua!

There will be periodic archaeological presentations by Harvey Herbert, relevant to the particular text.

 

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49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

July 22, 2021
 
 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:01pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:07pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

This weekend is called Shabbat Nachamu after the first words of the Haftarah from Jeremiah. It literally means "be consoled" and it kicks off the 7 weeks of consolation in the aftermath of these past 3 weeks of tragedy, culminating with Rosh HaShanah.

But this word that is used for consolation is curious because it is also used for what would be almost the opposite, namely regret. "Vayinachem HaShem" and God regretted that He created the world. How can they be reconciled?

The sages say that what nechama is really about is a change of perspective. As in when God "saw" how things deteriorated so rapidly with the human race, His perspective was changed from optimism to pessimism. Similarly, but conversely, our mitzvah to console mourners consists of showing the mourner such support that their perspective is changed from feeling bereft to acceptance and closure.

One could suggest that in this time of emerging from the challenges of COVID that our perspective will, with God's help, change from fear and loathing to hope and joy!

This week the portion is Vaetchanan but also coincides with Tu B'Av (15th of Av) which celebrates a number of happier occasions. It was the official end of the punishment of the sin of the spies; it was the end of the internecine war with the tribe of Benjamin and it was the end of the prohibition of marrying outside of one's tribe.

Based on the last item this weekend has become a major opportunity for singles weekends and accordingly we wish all those who seek, shall find their bashert!

 

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

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Weekly Newsletter

July 15, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

Tisha B'Av Prep!   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189371211

Siddur/Hebrew Reading    8pm

Make up

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189371211

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:07pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:10pm

Evening services   9:30pm

Followed by Eicha

 

Sunday 

Morning services   8:30am 

Limited Kinot

 

In Lamentations the first chapter is a study in contrasts: " How she sits desolate, a city that was great, has become like a widow, great among nations and a prince among provinces is now just a tributary." This is the formula for the entire first chapter which at first glance has the objective of increasing our pain focusing on the great things that we lost. 

There is another perspective developed by Diane Koletch of YUHS for Girls in which she posits that Jeremiah is hinting at somewhat the opposite. Keep in mind that right before we became this great nation inhabiting a great land, we were slaves in a foreign land and that is where we were headed in the aftermath of the destruction. As such it would be easy to deemphasize the golden era between these two dark periods but Jeremiah doesn't let us. 

We are suffering now but we are strengthened and enriched by the glory of what preceded this, which can never be taken away and further, will be with us at the final redemption, במהרה בימנו!

This Shabbat we begin Dvarim and also is called Shabbat Hazon after the haftarah taken from the beginning of Isaiah. 

Tisha B'Av begins Saturday night with the fast starting at 8:24pm and ends Sunday night at 9:10pm.

Please help make our minyanim!

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

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Weekly Newsletter

July 8, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30pm

Evening service   6:30pm

Outdoors/Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:10pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

In the sanctuary

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan 

Shabbat ends   9:18pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828290855

 

 

 

 

This week presents the largest Torah reading of the year with the gigantic double portion of Matot-Maasei. In the second portion, the Torah reprises the 48 times that the Israelites stopped and started throughout their 40 years in the desert. Our sages propose that the reason camp had to be broken and another journey taken was because there was dissension in the ranks. This was symbolized by the Teruah that was sounded instructing them to break camp which represents inner conflict. It is thus a fitting reading for this sad season which we are told was largely a result of the dissension in our ranks, leading to the destruction of the second temple. 

May we take this challenging time in the calendar to focus on improving all areas of our interpersonal relationships. Unity from within is the best bulwark for Divine protection from without.

Friday night and Saturday are Rosh Chodesh Av signalling the deeper mourning period of the 9 days culminating with Tisha B'Av the following Saturday night Sunday. 

Please help with minyan attendance!

Scenes from TriBeCa Synagogue upstate:

Our friends at the Kaaterskill Inn, a fantastic place to spend a few days mid week!

Reuniting in White Plains

 

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Our mailing address is:
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New York, NY 10013

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Weekly Newsletter

July 1, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:12pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Shabbat ends   9:21pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office closed/no services

 

Tuesday

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   7pm*   

*one hour earlier than usual

 

 

 

 

When the Talmud discusses what should be considered the most important verse, surprisingly there is an opinion that it is in this week's portion, Pinchas. At the end of the portion it presents all the holidays but begins with the Tamid sacrifices brought twice daily. Chapter 28:4 reads "One lamb you shall bring in the morning and the second lamb you shall bring in the afternoon" and yet there is an opinion that this is a more important concept than the Shema or the golden rule.

What we see from this is the incredibly important characteristic of consistency and constancy. The temple never failed in this responsibility for hundreds of years and indeed, one of the reasons we fasted on Sunday was to mark the incredible tragedy of the interruption of the Tamid because of the lack of supply of animals due to the siege of Jerusalem. 

As such, we made it a priority to restore as soon as possible the full fabric of Jewish life at TriBeCa Synagogue against the challenges we faced this past year. There is a beautiful rhythm of daily activity here and along with the virtual life that has blossomed over these many months. All of us have to struggle to regain the consistency and constancy of our previous lives and we hope to be a part of that effort by having the synagogue available to you in whatever capacity will help you achieve that goal.

We continue to pray and hope for the victims and their families of Surfside. The RCA recommends Psalms 20, 130 and 142.

As we enter the summer months please try to help with our weekday and Shabbat minyanim whenever possible!

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

June 24, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

 

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:13pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Followed by Kiddush

Shabbat ends   9:22pm

 

Sunday/17th of Tamuz

Fast begins   4:14am

Morning services   TBD

Fast ends   9:08pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Proverbs/Mishlei   

on hiatus until 

Siyum  celebration 7/22

 

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   7pm

(Adjusted time)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828290855

 

 

 

 

In Balak we have one of the most dramatic stories involving a king and a sorcerer, both bent on harming the Israelite nation through the act of cursing. The amazing part is that throughout the entire story it seems that the Israelites were completely unaware of what was happening. Thus, we see the shining example of what it says in Psalms: Behold, never slumbers and never sleeps the Guardian of Israel!

This Sunday we observe the Fast of the 17th of Tamuz which begins the 3 week period of mourning that culminates with the 9th of Av 3 Sundays later. That date is associated with the Sin of the Golden Calf and later with the breach of the wall of Jerusalem, heralding the eventual destruction of the Temple and exile.

This week the kiddush is sponsored by Alan Drexler commemorating the first yahrtzeit of his mother, of blessed memory.

If you missed last week's Beginners Hebrew Reading class try again tonight at 6pm!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

June 17, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, Cake/Beverages

Candle lighting   8:12pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors/Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends 9:21pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Proverbs/Woman of Valor   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828290855

 

 

In Chukat we have one of the more sad stories involving Moses being told that he would not be going to the land of Canaan. It was the result of the conflict he was having with the Israelites regarding the lack of water. His reaction was deemed inappropriate enough by the Almighty that he lost the privilege of living in Israel. While there has been much discussion about what went wrong in his dealing with the difficult situation, not enough emphasis has been made on how things got to that point to begin with.

Looking back a bit we note that first Miriam passes away and then shortly after there is an issue with water. From this the sages conclude that indeed, their water was directly connected to the merit of Miriam from which is derived the phrase באר מרים (the well of Miriam). But even more than that, the sages note that whether it was with the passing of Aaron, which was to take place later, or with Moses, at the end of the Torah, much mourning took place on the part of all the Israelites, something not mentioned here with Miriam.

Perhaps, the sages suggest, their lack of mourning indicated a lack of appreciation of Miriam and hence they were to learn the hard way how important it is to appreciate the people one has in life. 

TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of a daughter, Aleksandra Vera, to our members Nicholas and Volha Singer!

 

Congratulations to the new board elected last night at our annual Membership Meeting and thank you to all that attended. We wish them guidance from Above in all their endeavors on behalf of the synagogue in facing the challenges of the coming year.

NEW - Hebrew Reading for Beginners Starting Tonight 6pm!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

June 10, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:10am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, Cake/Beverages

Candle lighting   8:09pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, Kiddush by Downtown Minyan

Shabbat end 9:14pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

Woman of Valor

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Ethics of the Fathers we have a passage that refers to our parsha of Korach: Any disagreement that is for the sake of heaven will be sustained, while any disagreement not for the sake of heaven will not be sustained. What is a disagreement for the sake of heaven? Hillel and Shammai. What is a disagreement not for the sake of heaven? Korach and his entourage. 

When Jews debate, the hope is that the shared goal is achieving the truth and the best path forward. This is especially so as we witness the confusing political process in Israel. We pray that all the factions involved will do their best to see the forest through the trees and provide the State of Israel the kind of government it so desperately needs in these uncertain times.

The Annual Membership Meeting has been postponed to next Wednesday evening.

Today and tomorrow are Rosh Chodesh Tamuz.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
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212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

June 3, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Candle lighting   8:05pm

Outdoors, weather permitting

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:14pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   8am

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

"Woman of Valor"

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828290855

 

Wednesday

Membership Meeting 6:30pm

Thursday/Friday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Shelach we have the greatest collective tragedy of the 5 Books of Moses with the sin of the spies. While the golden calf represented an enormous collective failure the consequences weren't permanent, the mission was wounded but the people marched on. The consequences of the sin of the spies was not only fatal for that generation, it embedded fissures in our nation that would eventually crack open with the eventual temple destructions and diasporas.

What is not so well known is our tradition that no female participated in this folly and as such, as opposed to the males of that generation, every female who left Egypt eventually made it to the promised land at the end of 40 years. Indeed, there is the Talmudic note that it was specifically in the merit of the righteous women in Egypt at that time which created the merit for the Jewish nation to be redeemed. And their love of the holy land was never compromised no matter the temptation or challenge. 

Thus, it is only fitting that we announce that our class in Proverbs is arriving at its conclusion and that conclusion is none other than "Woman of Valor" אשת חיל, which describes in great detail the praises of the Jewish woman and is recited on Friday nights at the Shabbat dinner table. Join us on Tuesday at 7pm when we explore in depth this critically important passage.

This week we bless the new month of Tammuz which falls next Thursday and Friday

The Molad will take place Thursday June 10th at 9:15am and 8 Chalakim

The TriBeCa Synagogue membership meeting will be held this Wednesday at 6:30pm. 

Congratulations to Dolores and Gordon Wine for the wedding of their son Ezra to Randi Sabbagh this past Sunday

Jewish soldiers killed in action during WWII are remembered in our sanctuary for Memorial Day

Additional Adult Education news: a new beginners Hebrew Reading class is in formation, please contact Rabbi Glass at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org

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49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

May 27, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services  6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Outdoors

Kiddush sponsored by Dolores and Gordon Wine

Shabbat ends   9:09pm

Sunday/Monday Holiday Weekend

Morning services TBD 

If there is interest

 

Monday/Memorial Day

Office closed

Virtual Hebrew School

On hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81653624991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Behaalotcha we have the unique mitzvah of Pesach Sheni, a second chance of sorts, when a person who couldn't bring the Passover sacrifice at the appointed time could bring one a month later. The question arises, though, that normally we say that a person isn't responsible for accidents. If the person was impure or too far away, the Torah should have simply exempted that person for that year and had them resume the following year. 

But the story reveals an important attitude that the Torah is teaching us when it comes to the performance of mitzvot. Those people at that time were complaining as to why they should be left out, rather than simply shrugging their shoulders and saying to themselves too bad. And we should approach our Jewish life with the same feeling. 

For the past year we have been cut off from synagogue life firstly because of its closing and then because of our physical vulnerability. The hope is that throughout this whole time we felt deprived, rather than excused. Now that the synagogue is essentially back to normal and most of us are no longer vulnerable, by and large, now is the time to show that we truly appreciate our Jewish communal practice. 

Congratulations to our devoted trustee Dolores Wine and her husband Gordon for the upcoming wedding of their son Ezra to Randi Sabbagh this Sunday. They will celebrate his aufruf on Shabbat by sponsoring kiddush in their honor.

The Bnei Mitzvah of Eve and Josh Handfus this past Sunday in our sanctuary.

Special note and opportunity:

We have long sought to partner with NCSY and this weekend offers a wonderful chance to serve the community and get acquainted.

Day of Chessed at Ohel: 257 East Broadway, New York, NY

Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, 2021 click here to sign up

The schedule is posted on the home page of our website www.tribecasynagogue.org

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rabbi Simon Taylor, Director, OU Community Projects and Partnerships, at staylor@ou.org

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49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

May 20, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT 

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   7:54pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Light Lunch

Shabbat ends   9:02pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81653624991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parshat Nasso presents us with the most extreme amount of repetition anywhere in the 5 Books of Moses. In describing the gifts of dedication brought by each tribe, the Torah lists all 12 verbatim even though all 12 gifts were identical. This is highly uncharacteristic for the Torah which normally is terse to the extreme.

Many approaches have been suggested to explain the redundancy, first and foremost the tradition we have that all 12 tribes decided independently on the exact same gift with no cross consultation whatsoever. Another creative approach has it that even though the the gifts were identical, but on some level they were still distinctive to the particular tribe they came from. 

Indeed, we can say the same thing for the Judaism that we all practice. We may do the same tefilla and mitzvot, but each of us puts our own unique stamp on that practice. The richness of the Torah is that it can be the same but different all at the same time!

This Shabbat there will be 2 services with TriBeCa Synagogue meeting in the sanctuary at 9:30am and the Downtown Minyan meeting on the plaza at 10:30am. 

The TriBeCa Synagogue once again expresses its concern and full support for the State of Israel in its efforts to create for itself peace and security.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates the Handfus family for the upcoming Bnei Mitzvah of their children Eve and Josh in our sanctuary this Sunday.

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49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

May 13, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Shavuot Prep   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:47pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:54pm

 

Sunday

Sanctuary concert   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88093479268?pwd=ZFk5MWxDSkZGOEZ3VHNQcFpBbThLdz09

Meeting ID: 880 9347 9268

Passcode: 047913

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors

Rabbi Romm Mikvah Talk   7pm

Dinner   7:30pm

Reserve ASAP

Torah Study   8:30pm

 

Monday

Morning services   9:30pm

Light lunch

Evening services   8pm

Candle lighting   8:56pm

 

Tuesday

Morning services   9:30am

Yizkor   11am approx.

Second Yizkor   NOON

Yom Tov ends   8:57pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we begin the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, which literally means in the desert. It is also called Sefer HaPekudim, referring to all the counting taking place in this book which connects it to what we call it in English. This counting introduces the phenomenon of the military, "kol yotzay latzava", all who go to the army, even though no battle was fought for decades. 

From a practical perspective, we recognize how being in the military creates discipline and unity, 2 characteristics that were critical for molding what was originally a band of slaves into a cohesive nation. But the fact that this portion is always the last one before Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah, perhaps the sages are hinting at a deeper message. 

We must look at ourselves as soldiers in the goal of bringing the values of ethical monotheism to the world. How so? Do we go out and aggressively seek to change the world? Actually, to paraphrase one of our great sages of the 19th century: I first had to change myself, and that created the momentum to change the world. With this week's portion and the momentous occasion of Shavuot, may we find the discipline and unity of purpose for the inner transformation that will carry the day!

The TriBeCa Synagogue expresses it's deep concern regarding the situation in Israel. Traditionally Psalms 121 and 130 are recited in times of travail. We deeply hope for a speedy end to the turmoil.

Please consider joining us for Shavuot! To link to the full Shavuot Bulletin click here.

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Weekly Newsletter

May 6, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors/Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   7:40pm

 

Saturday

Morning services    10am

Outdoors/Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:46pm

Monday/Jerusalem Day

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

Wednesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Behar we introduce the concept of Shemita and Yovel (Sabbatical year and Jubilee) wherein the people were required to leave their fields fallow every 7 years and then on the 50th year. Many misinterpret this mitzvah as practical agriculture, preventing the fields from over farming and thus leaving them barren. The commentators explain that if this was the case, the number 7 would be completely impractical. Normal agricultural procedure was to leave fields fallow once every 3 or 4 years. Waiting 7 years would completely deplete any field so there had to be another goal. They explain that the number 7 was "arbitrary" from an agricultural standpoint, rather it was to drive home that farming success was due as much to the Almighty as it was to their efforts. Indeed, they had survived in the desert for 40 years without much more than lifting a finger for their sustenance. 

In Behukotai we are instructed about when this mindset breaks down and we attribute this success disproportionately to our own efforts and diminish God's role. This is what would motivate someone to violate the Sabbatical year thinking that if they don't plant, they won't have. Thus, they were threatened with the loss of the land as that was the essential condition for their being given the land in the first place. The Torah asks from us to seek this delicate balance between faith and effort which, if achieved, will insure success in all our endeavors!

This Saturday we will celebrate the naming of the daughter of David and Samantha Braun who will sponsor kiddush for our congregation.

We will be joined again by the Downtown Minyan, so Saturday morning services will be outside. Weather will be chilly; please dress accordingly!

We bless the new month of Sivan and the molad will be Tuesday, 8:31pm with 7 chalakim.

Monday is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem at the conclusion of the 6 Day War in 1967.

Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Sivan.

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Weekly Newsletter

April 29, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Coffee and snacks

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors, snacks and beverages

Candle lightning   7:33pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:38pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight we celebrate the cryptic festival of Lag B'Omer which in Israel is accompanied by bonfires and archery. One of the causes of celebration is that, according to our tradition, the plague that was devastating the students of Rabbi Akiva ceased. But there is a sub theme that is rarely expounded but has particular relevance to our time. 

Rabbi Akiva was left with only 5 students: Rabbi Meir, Rabbi Yehuda, Rabbi Yossi, Rabbi Shimon (bar Yochai) and Rabbi Elazar ben Shammua, but from those 5 he rebuilt Torah in the world. So consider Rabbi Akiva, who had already once created a Torah empire with thousands of students but now, at an advanced age was tasked with rebuilding. Apparently he didn't flinch and we remain the beneficiaries of his gargantuan efforts at that time.

In the past couple of decades our community has seen numerous upheavals with the likes of 9/11 and Sandy and now we have faced probably the most comprehensive one of all. Coming from a complete standstill for months it has been indeed a gargantuan task to revive the activity in the synagogue to levels approaching pre pandemic. It started with our virtual synagogue and then some weekday minyanim, to a successful high holiday season and then to regular Shabbat services and finally an exuberant community seder which was ample evidence that our community was ready. 

We thank all of you who, like Rabbi Akiva, didn't give up hope and participated in, one way or another, our initiatives of services, Adult Education, Hebrew School and of course, the Sunday Night Shmooze. Because of all of you the future is bright!

This week our Parsha is Emor which continues to deal with the lifestyle requirements of the Kohanim but is dominated by a presentation of the holidays, which is read multiple times throughout the year.

Downtown Minyan returns for Saturday morning so services that morning will be outdoors.

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Weekly Newsletter

April 22, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:45pm

Indoors, cake/beverages

Candle lighting   7:26pm 

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:29pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

 

 

Our parsha of Kedoshim only comes after the long list of prohibitions laid out in previous portions, yet it adds the requirement of holiness which is supposed to go above and beyond all the aforementioned restrictions, how so?

Our sages describe the phenomenon of מנוול ברשות התורה which refers to someone who technically observes all the commandments and yet still indulges in behavior that most people would consider inappropriate. Hence here we introduce the concept of קדש עצמך במותר לך, that one must sanctify oneself even within the boundaries of permitted behavior. 

We all are familiar with examples of people who technically observe halacha and yet on the whole they seem to live lives far from what the Almighty would find pleasing. The Torah expects more from us, that is what is meant by "Holy you shall be"!

Today is the 25th day of the Omer.

Jewish Latin Center returns Friday night.

Downtown Minyan returns this Shabbat and morning services will be outside. A light lunch will be served.

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Weekly Newsletter

April 15, 2021
 
 
TONIGHT
 
Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm
 
Friday
 
Morning services   7:30pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
Indoors
 
Candle lighting   7:18pm
 
Saturday/Yom Haatzmaut
 
Morning services   10am
Outdoors, light lunch.
 
Shabbat ends   8:21pm
 
Monday
 
Virtual Hebrew School
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm
 
Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week features the double portion of Tazria-Metzora which is dominated by the topic of Tzaraat, which could be considered a spiritual psoriasis. In Exodus and Numbers we have sources that link this condition to Lashon Harah, or disparaging talk without constructive purpose. Included in this presentation is the seemingly fantastical phenomena of this condition potentially affecting one's clothes or even house. Yet the Talmud in Sanhedrin 71a insists that there never actually was a case of these 2 scenarios. So why are they here?

The masters of Mussar describe a frequent example of human nature as refusing to respond to the consequences of one's actions. God is anxious that the person reform and sends "gentle reminders" that there is something wrong, but if those reminders are not effective God continues to send reminders that become less and less gentle. This is the concept that emanates from the Torah describing the increasingly drastic developments of Tzaraat as the person persists in their negative behavior, in this case the gossip and slander. The hope is that eventually the person wakes up to the core problem and acts accordingly. 
 
So in our own lives, this teaches us that if things progress from bad to worse it might be helpful to reflect on our behavior to determine what might have started this process to begin with.
 
This week we celebrate Israel Independence Day. However, due to the unusual state of affairs with Covid and the calendar, we will celebrate the occasion on Shabbat which is the actual calendar date, 5 Iyar, while others may choose different days.
 
And speaking of Shabbat, after a long hiatus, we welcome back the Downtown Minyan for Saturday morning services which will be outdoors, and begin at 10am.
 
We will also celebrate the baby naming for the daughter of Josh and  Lauren Magnas, brother of our longtime member Danny Magnas. They will sponsor dessert.
 
Remaining shiva hours for Anshi Eiger, son in law of Sylvain and Amy Cappell:
Thu 4/15: 3:00pm-5:00pm, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fri 4/16: 10:30am-12:30pm
 
Join Zoom shiva using the information below;
Meeting ID: 966 021 1481  Password: 8562037
Dial-in audio only: (646) 558-8656  Meeting ID: 966 021 1481
 
Baby naming for Esther Tare this past Monday morning
 
 
We also welcomed the Raab family for shiva this past week mourning the loss of their matriarch Joan Raab.

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Our mailing address is:
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Weekly Newsletter

April 8, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha  7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30am

Greet Shabbat on hiatus

Evening services  6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:11pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Coffee and cake

Shabbat ends   8:13pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz on hiatus

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

Tare baby naming

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

 

 

Our parsha is called Shemini which means the 8th day. For 7 days the Kohanim were sequestered and upon the 8th day they emerged to begin their service to the Israelite nation. Rabbi S R Hirsch explains that there were 3 stages: the first 6 days represented their physical life and the 7th day represented the transition to the spiritual realm and finally the 8th day represented their melding of the spiritual and the physical-the goal of all creation.

We are now in a similar process wherein we observe the 7 weeks of the Omer culminating with the 8th week which contains the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah. Hence, the sages encourage us to view this part of the calendar as an opportunity to transition from the physical to the spiritual and then blend them in our renewed receiving of the Torah, which is the blueprint for achieving this lofty goal.

Today is Yom HaShoah dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance – Zachor!

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Iyar taking place on Monday and Tuesday

The Molad is Monday morning at 7:47am and 6 Chalakim.

Chava Chalom observed yahrtzeit for her mother this week at Shacharit and Mincha providing refreshments. In memory of her mother she will be sponsoring security for this Shabbat.

 

Buying back your chametz!

Here is helpful information from the RCA regarding purchasing chametz going forward:

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Weekly Newsletter

April 1, 2021
 
 

Friday

Morning services   7:10am

Evening services    6:30pm

Candle lighting 7:04 pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Evening services   7pm

 

Sunday

Morning services  9:30am

YIZKOR   11am approx.

2nd Yizkor   Noon

(Outdoors)

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education   

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm

 

 

 

 

The Torah tells us to observe a Yom Tov on the 7th day of Passover but is mute about why. We do know that our tradition says this was the day that the Red Sea split and our enemies were destroyed and hence we were saved. So on the one hand the day represented the greatest display of Divine power in history and we were the beneficiaries so there is cause for celebration. On the other hand there was great destruction of humanity so the Torah doesn't publicize the reason for our holiday.

We observe Yizkor on the 8th day of Passover and this year we might consider having in mind the additional losses suffered due to the Corona virus. Services this weekend remain indoors due to the weather and Yizkor at the TriBeCa Synagogue will be recited indoors Sunday morning during services at approximately 11am. We will accommodate those still uncomfortable being indoors by holding a second Yizkor outdoors at noon.

 

Our virtual synagogue will be on hiatus this weekend due to the holiday. Portion of the Week, Greet Shabbat and Havdalah/Kumzitz will not be convening.

Taking care of your chametz needs with an old friend.

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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

March 25, 2021
 
 

Thursday

Portion of the Week/Passover Prep 7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

Search for Chametz after 8pm

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Burn the chametz by 11:59am

Instructional Seder   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85049724162

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors  

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   6:56pm

 

Saturday

MORNING SERVICES   9AM!

Outdoors

Brunch   10am

Outdoors

Generously co sponsored by Marvin Preiss for his father's yahrtzeit and Laurel Rom and Joshua Dugan in honor of their daughter.

Eat chametz until   10:56am

Nullify chametz   11:59am

No evening services scheduled at this time.

 

Sunday 

Morning services*   9:30am

Indoors

Evening services   7pm

Community seder   7:45pm

 

Monday

Morning services*   9:30am

Indoors

 

Tuesday through Friday

Morning services   7:10am

*Please help make the minyan.

 

Virtual Synagogue

Greet Shabbat and Havdalah on hiatus

 

Adult Education

Proverbs and Portion of the Week on hiatus

Siddur Class Tuesday at 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

While the beginning of Leviticus talks about a person who is self motivated to bring a sacrifice, this week's portion is called Tzav, which means "command". The first part of the portion is dominated by a presentation of the meal offering which is called mincha; one of those "menachot" being the "toda", or thanksgiving offering. And this provides a fascinating connection to our current holiday of Passover. Indeed, one of the occasions the sages say to bring a toda offering is when one is released from prison, and there was no greater "jailbreak" than millions of Israelites escaping slavery in Egypt! As such, our seder meal is topped by the same matzah that comprised the toda offering of the temple. 

We have much to be thankful for on this holiday as a nation, but also individually and as a community. We emerge from this year cognizant of the loss and disruption, but pause on this occasion to remember all that we still have and enjoy. 

Selling of the Chametz can be done online  HERE.
The Rabbi is also available for in person transaction at your convenience.

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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

March 18, 2021
 
 
TONIGHT
 
Portion of the Week
Passover Prep             7pm
 
Friday
 
Morning services    7:30am
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass    5:30pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
Cake and beverages
 
Candle lighting   6:49pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services    9:30am
Coffee and cake
 
Shabbat ends   7:50pm
 
Havdalah/Kumzitz   8:15pm
 
Monday 
 
Hebrew School Model Seder   4pm
Open to the public
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm 
 
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm

 

 

 

In the Midrash Tanchuma it describes Moses' reluctance for leadership. 3 times the Torah uses the term Vayikra, and He called, which is the first word of this week's portion. At the burning bush, when confronting Pharaoh and now, upon the completion of the Tabernacle (Mishkan). In each case Moses argued against his assuming the great mantle of leadership especially after he had already brought the Israelites out of Egypt, saw the Manna, the quail, the well and now the completion of the Tabernacle. What else could he be needed for, he argued?

 
So God had to call him again to explain that his role now was more important than everything else that preceded this. He had to be there to instruct the people how to use the structure and form them into the "kingdom of priests and a holy nation". 
 
After a year of gradually restoring our operations, we sit at the threshold of full functionality, hopefully very soon. But now the real work begins with everyone returning and ready to resume life in the religious realm. Please heed this "call" to join us in whatever way you can to breathe back the vibrancy we so enjoyed here just one year ago. 
 
Prepare for Passover!
 
Selling of the Chametz can be done online  HERE.
The Rabbi is also available for in person transaction at your convenience.

Community Second Seder will be held Sunday March 28th at 7:45pm.
Outdoors and small tables for social distancing. Reserve HERE.
 
Access the entire Passover Bulletin  here 
 
Visiting our Florida contingent and inviting them back asap!
 
 
With German Chullmir and Eitan Goldman
 
 
With Danny Silberman
 
 
With Carlos Gutierrez
 
 
Putting up a Mezuzah with Robert Moezinia 
Mezuzah designed by Deborah Koenigsberger Gutierrez!
 
Also visited Jeff Dagowitz and Igor Chernamzov

 

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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

March 11, 2021
 
 

Tonight

Portion of the Week/Passover Prep   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85049724162

Candle lighting   5:41pm

Evening services   5:45pm

Cake and beverages

Outdoors

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Coffee and cake

Indoors

Mincha      Noon

Shabbat ends   6:42pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7:15pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84331614430

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

Siddur/Prayer   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86803190470

 

 

We complete the book of Exodus with the double portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei which discusses the implementation of all the instructions regarding the building of the Mishkan (tabernacle). But before any discussion is presented, Moses goes into a presentation regarding Shabbat which seems out of place. Rabbi Munk says that Moses was pointing out that while they failed with the Golden Calf in the area of idol worship, their Sabbath observance was unblemished. And it was their Sabbath observance that ultimately was the key factor in their surviving the ensuing punishment. Finally, the fact that they were allowed to complete this profound project of the Mishkan was almost solely due to their loyalty to Shabbat. As Rabbi Heschel famously remarked: it is not so much that the Jewish nation kept Shabbat as it was Shabbat that kept the Jewish nation!

We also have the 4th and final special reading called HaChodesh which deals with the mitzvah of proclaiming the new moon as a precursor to the mitzvah of the Passover sacrifice. Indeed we bless the new month of Nisan which will begin this Sunday with one day Rosh Chodesh.

The Molad will take place Friday night 7:03pm and 5 Chalakim.

The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the engagement of David Bibian and Emily Eisenberg!

More happy occasions at TriBeCa Synagogue:

Rehearsal for the Bar Mitzvah of Ari Korpus 

Bris of Simon Benjamin Mishkin

Parents married by Rabbi Glass at TriBeCa Rooftop

 

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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

March 4, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week          7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   5pm*

Candle lighting   5:34pm

No in person services

 

Saturday

No in person services

Shabbat ends   6:34pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  on hiatus

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm*

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm*

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86803190470

 

*NEW TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parshat Ki Tisa includes one of the more deflating episodes of the entire Torah. A scant 40 days from the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai at least a portion of the Israelites became involved in an activity that bordered of Avodah Zara (idol worship) with the golden calf. There were mitigating factors but the idea that speaks to our present time is the factor of panic and confusion. The people miscalculated the time of Moses' return and were terrified at the prospect of his never returning. They felt completely bereft and adrift in the middle of an inhospitable desert and were desperate. 

Our sages say that the Yetzer Harah (evil inclination) is most effective at times of panic and confusion and was thus able to get the best of an otherwise holy nation. In this time of fear and concern about our health and the future we pray for the wisdom to make good decisions even in a time of crisis.

Fittingly, this is the 3rd of the special readings called Parshat Para regarding the red heifer that was processed into a potion that purified a person who came into contact with the dead. The midrash connects the 2 by explaining that on some level this process served as atonement for the sin of the golden calf.

This weekend the Rabbi is away and in light of other multiple absences our in-person services will be on hiatus for this Shabbat. Additionally, our virtual "Greet Shabbat" will now be presented Fridays at 5pm. Havdalah/Kumzitiz is also on a one week hiatus.

Passover on the Horizon:

A bulletin will be forthcoming detailing the ins and outs of Passover observance at the synagogue both virtually and in person. We expect to hold a community in-person seder the second night of Passover, March 28, on the plaza, weather permitting. The first seder will be a special challenge as it takes place on Saturday night March 27.

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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

February 25, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Evening service                   6pm

Indoors

Megillah  in person              6:15pm

OR https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

Megillah in person               7pm

Outdoors

 

Friday

Morning service                  7:30am

Indoors

Megillah in person              8am

OR https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84149158686

Megillah in person               12:30pm

Outdoors

Greet Shabbat                     4pm

With Purim Themes!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84149158686

Candle lighting                  5:26pm

Evening service                 5:30pm

Cake and Beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services               9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha     NOON

Shabbat ends                    6:26pm

Havdalah/Kumzitiz            7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83815656630

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs           6:30pm

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   7:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without being too dramatic, we can find a parallel between the history of Purim and Jewish life in lower Manhattan. Keep in mind an important reality of Purim was that it took place in the aftermath of the destruction of the First Temple and in exile. Somehow, that generation had to find the emotional energy to carry on their legacy with so much less than they had just a few years previous. We too find ourselves in an environment of loss, whether it be the vibrancy of our neighborhood, friends who are not here physically or even the larger leadership of the Jewish nation which lost very key figures in the last couple of months. 

On the other hand the generation of Purim still had great resources like prophets and the Sanhedrin which made a big difference in their efforts to maintain their numbers and even eventually return to Israel and rebuild the Temple. We have enjoyed technological resources that have opened vistas of synagogue participation not previously imagined. But mostly it's been the few who have braved the challenges of our time and populated our minyanim weekly and on Shabbat and we are extremely grateful. Also, we acknowledge the many that have attended zoom classes and prayer experiences. Finally, we are very grateful for the generosity of our community that has created the financial security that has allowed us the stability to soldier on until such time as life can return to normal. 

May this Purim mark the transition from "diaspora" to repatriation!

This week is Parshat Tetzaveh which discusses the Kohanim (priests) and their role in the Mishkan (tabernacle). 

Please reserve here for tonight's Megillah Reading. There is still plenty of space so if you are unable you should come anyway.

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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
 
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