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May 6, 2021


Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm



Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors/Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   7:40pm



Morning services    10am

Outdoors/Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:46pm

Monday/Jerusalem Day

Virtual Hebrew School


Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm


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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