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Weekly Newsletter

January 21, 2021
 
 

If you are not able to attend in person services, please consider participating in our virtual synagogue.  

 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   4pm

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Candle lighting   4:43pm

Evening services   4:50pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:47pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6:15pm

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Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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The first scenario of Parshat Bo is the plague of locusts, which seems to really break Pharaoh, and he starts negotiating with Moses the terms of an excursion of the Israelites into the desert to offer sacrifices. "Who will be going" asks Pharaoh and Moses responds "our children, etc." which ends up being the deal breaker. Pharaoh only allows the גברים (adults) and so the saga continued without resolution.

 

What was really behind this exchange?

 

Pharaoh knew, like many after him, that the secret to Jewish continuity was, and always will be, the preparation of the younger generation. If he had any hope of maintaining control over the Israelites, he had to neutralize their efforts at creating identity in their children. Moses understood this as well, as we see he lists the children before any other sector of the population. So this strategy for national survival is indeed quite ancient, and has withstood the test of time!

The OU and RCA have designated today, the 8th of Shvat-21st of January as a Day of Prayer in light of the continuing struggle against this difficult virus. Of course they emphasize the importance of action to accompany prayer by maintaining established protocols and seeking vaccination. 

For this day they recommend the recitation of the following chapters of Psalms תהילים 

13, 20, 121, 130 and 142.

 

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