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July 22, 2021


Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:01pm



Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:07pm


Tuesday/Adult Education

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm



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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