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March 25, 2015
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Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday
 
Membership Meeting   7pm
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting   6:57pm
 
EVENING SERVICES   6:30PM
 
Young Professionals Dinner   7:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Junior Congregation   10:30am
 
Dvar Torah by Jesse Shore   11:15am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Susan and Robert Blakeley in honor of the birthday of their daughter Sarah
 
Sunday
 
Isaac's Lions vs Meishiv Nefesh   7:30pm
IS 89 at 201 Warren Street
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach/Joel   6pm
 
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   6:45pm


Special Passover Announcement 
Communal second Seder Saturday, April 4th 7:45pm
Adults $75 Children $30


 
This week's portion features an unusual cantellation (trop) called the Shalshelet, which can be translated to mean "chain", which is used only 5 times in the entire 5 Books of Moses. Oftentimes the sages interpret from the music of the Torah reading and they noticed a pattern with this note which involves modulating the voice up and down 3 times. (You'll just have to come to shul and hear it for yourself!)
 
Every time this note appears there seems to be some kind of inner conflict taking place. Examples include Joseph being propositioned by the Potiphar's wife, etc. In this case we have Moses serving as the priest offering the sacrifices that would inculcate his brother Aaron and his sons into the priesthood themselves. But once the ceremony was completed, neither Moses nor his sons would have anything to do with that role. Additionally we know that eventually the leadership would be handed to Joshua his student, leaving no status whatsoever for his sons despite the great role Moses had in the formation of the Jewish nation.
 
So the trop does reveal the inner pain Moses was feeling as he was handing off the honors to everyone else but his own. On the other hand, the WORDS make it clear that Moses was a true servant of God and performed this task with complete devotion.
 
This Shabbat is called Shabbat HaGadol (The Big Sabbath) being the last Sabbath before Passover and an important opportunity to prepare for the holiday. We are pleased to announce Jesse Shore presenting the Shabbat HaGadol Drasha!

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

Congratulations to Ken and Denise Rosenblum for the siyum of Chagigah performed by their son Larry this past Sunday on the LES.
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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March 25, 2015
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Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday
 
Membership Meeting   7pm
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting   6:57pm
 
EVENING SERVICES   6:30PM
 
Young Professionals Dinner   7:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Junior Congregation   10:30am
 
Dvar Torah by Jesse Shore   11:15am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Susan and Robert Blakeley in honor of the birthday of their daughter Sarah
 
Sunday
 
Isaac's Lions vs Meishiv Nefesh   7:30pm
IS 89 at 201 Warren Street
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach/Joel   6pm
 
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   6:45pm


Special Passover Announcement 
Communal second Seder Saturday, April 4th 7:45pm
Adults $75 Children $30


 
This week's portion features an unusual cantellation (trop) called the Shalshelet, which can be translated to mean "chain", which is used only 5 times in the entire 5 Books of Moses. Oftentimes the sages interpret from the music of the Torah reading and they noticed a pattern with this note which involves modulating the voice up and down 3 times. (You'll just have to come to shul and hear it for yourself!)
 
Every time this note appears there seems to be some kind of inner conflict taking place. Examples include Joseph being propositioned by the Potiphar's wife, etc. In this case we have Moses serving as the priest offering the sacrifices that would inculcate his brother Aaron and his sons into the priesthood themselves. But once the ceremony was completed, neither Moses nor his sons would have anything to do with that role. Additionally we know that eventually the leadership would be handed to Joshua his student, leaving no status whatsoever for his sons despite the great role Moses had in the formation of the Jewish nation.
 
So the trop does reveal the inner pain Moses was feeling as he was handing off the honors to everyone else but his own. On the other hand, the WORDS make it clear that Moses was a true servant of God and performed this task with complete devotion.
 
This Shabbat is called Shabbat HaGadol (The Big Sabbath) being the last Sabbath before Passover and an important opportunity to prepare for the holiday. We are pleased to announce Jesse Shore presenting the Shabbat HaGadol Drasha!

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

Congratulations to Ken and Denise Rosenblum for the siyum of Chagigah performed by their son Larry this past Sunday on the LES.
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
March 13, 2015
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Thursday
 
Max Richardson Exhibition Closing featuring a Wine Tasting with Shiloh Wines   6:30 - 9pm
 
 
Friday
 
EVENING SERVICES   6:30pm
 
Candle lighting   6:42pm
 
Morning services   9am
 
Nancy Aaronson and Perry Parker, and Rosy Klein and Ben Goldschlager, are co-sponsoring this Shabbat's kiddush, in honor of Rosy's birthday, and in celebration of Perry embarking on a new career as a residential real estate broker.
 
Shabbat ends   7:45pm
 
Sunday
 
Teen Post Purim Party  7-9pm
 
Men's Basketball   7-9pm
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach/Joel   6pm
 
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   6:45pm
This week we have a double portion which concludes the Book of Exodus, but also completes the construction of the tabernacle (Mishkan). Additionally it is known as Parshat Parah for the reading of the Red Heifer done that morning. The additional reading is done at this time of year as a vestigial reminder to prepare oneself in time for the Passover sacrifice. In other words, since a person could not consume the sacrifice in a state of impurity, it was essential to be sprinkled with the water made from the ashes of the red heifer at least 8 days before the holiday.
 
The connection to the weekly portion could be the fact that both the tabernacle and the ritual of the red heifer were instituted as remedies for the flaw in the people that led to the sin of the Golden Calf, about which we read last week. And a connection to modern times, as none of this is practiced today, could be the importance of preparation. There is no other event in the Jewish calendar that requires more preparation than Passover. Whether it is the cleaning or cooking or purchasing, it is a process that should normally take many days.
 
The reality is, however, with hotels and caterers and cleaning services, this becomes a very different experience in the 21st century. Still and all, we should take a cue from this week's special reading that Passover isn't the kind of occasion upon which we just show up. The more we put in the more we'll receive!

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

Tribeca Synagogue notes the passing of its great architect, William N. Breger, this past February at the age of 92. Mr. Breger took a constant interest in the building throughout the decades and was a friend and consultant in numerous ways. He left the synagogue a large bequest and the plaza has been named in his honored memory.
 
A prominent article has been published in the New York Times which can be found on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/nyregion/tribeca-synagogues-memorable-building-and-stubborn-architect.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=1 and will be in print in tomorrow's edition.
 
 
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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February 26, 2015
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Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   5:26pm
 
Evening services  5:30pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Dolores and Gordon Wine in memory of her Aunt Bella Braun Dansker. Dolores will also be celebrating her 18th year with our congregation.
 
Shabbat ends 6:40pm
 
Men's Basketball 7:15-9:15pm
201 Warren Street
 
Sunday
 
Isaac's Lions High School Basketball Game   7:15pm
201 Warren Street vs the Red Shul
 
Monday
 
Tribeca Torah Children's Pre Purim Party   3:30pm
Open to the Community!
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach + Purm   6pm
 
Siddur   6:45pm
 
Wednesday/Fast of Esther
 
Fast begins   5:13am
 
Morning services   7:10am
 
Afternoon services  12:30pm & 1:30pm
 
Evening services   6pm
 
Followed by Megilla at 6:15pm!
This past Sunday a delegation from Tribeca Synagogue joined representatives from many of the downtown synagogues in hearing a presentation from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks at NYU. In it he noted, like many commentators, that this is the only portion from Exodus until the conclusion of the Chumash that doesn't mention Moses' name at all. But he developed from this the further observation that what was being established, in unique fashion, was the separation of the temporal power structure from the religious power structure. Indeed, throughout history, it was almost axiomatic that the ruler of any nation would control religious life as well, as opposed to the Torah system.
 
This isn't exactly the concept of "separation of powers" engendered by our system of government and additionally one could argue that technically the Jewish king could rule in certain religious matters. Nevertheless, this division of power on some level was novel for the time and for millennia to follow. He posits that this may be a key factor in our durability as a nation.

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

 
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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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February 18, 2015
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Weekly Newsletter
Thursday/Friday Rosh Chodesh Adar
 
Morning services   7:10am
 
Scholar in Residence Aharon Ariel Lavi!
 
Friday  
 
Candle lighting   5:18pm
 
Evening services   5:30pm
 
Community Shabbat Dinner  6:30pm
RESERVE IMMEDIATELY!
 
After dinner presentation   7:30pm
The Jewish Response to the Copernican Revolution
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am 
 
Dvar Torah by Aharon Ariel Lavi:
Efforts at incorporating the Ultra Orthodox into the Israeli Economy
 
Kiddush sponsored by Eileen Hecht and Hugh Lippman for the yahrtzeit of her mother and father
 
Post Kiddush talk:
Shemitta past and present and what we can learn from it
 
Shabbat ends   6:30pm
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach/Joel   6pm
 
Siddur   6:45pm


The order of the Torah portions starting from Mount Sinai until the conclusion of Exodus has been the catalyst for much discussion. The 10 Commandments are followed by the civil law which is then followed by the Tabernacle, which is bifurcated by the Sin of the Golden Calf.
 
The main question that the sages debate was whether the tabernacle preceded the golden calf or was a reaction to it. The conventional approach is that the Tabernacle/Temple was always part of the divine plan, representing the culmination of God's goal for mankind from creation. The golden calf was an unfortunate backsliding of the Israelites subsequent to its operation.
 
A maverick approach has it that the tabernacle was not part of the original plan and only emerged as a way to pull the Israelites out of their spiritual morass. The fact that civil law immediately follows the 10 commandments demonstrates that the people were expected to maintain that high level of holiness just practicing laws between themselves. Their involvement with the golden calf demonstrated that the status quo wasn't realistic so a tabernacle became necessary.
 
And even though the order has the tabernacle coming before the golden calf, they explain that as out of respect to the tabernacle.

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

We have a new policy that security will search every bag entering the building. 
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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February 12, 2015
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Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   5:09pm
 
Evening services   5:20pm
 
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DINNER!   7pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Parshat Shekalim/Blessing for Adar
 
Kiddush sponsored by President Avi Turkel celebrating his birthday
 
Shabbat ends   6:25pm
 
Monday/President's Day
 
Office closed, no services, Hebrew School on hiatus
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach/Joel   6pm
 
Siddur   6:45pm
 
Art Opening   7:30pm
 
Thursday and Friday/Rosh Chodesh
 
Morning services  7:10am
 
NEXT FRIDAY - SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE AHARON ARIEL LAVI
Please register ASAP for dinner Friday night followed by "The Jewish Response to the Copernicus"
 
Special Note: Tribeca Synagogue has arranged for permanent private security to be posted during all hours of operation.
In this week's portion we have the oft quoted phrase "eye for an eye...". Against the backdrop of all the discussion these days of comparative religion, we have an excellent opportunity to set the record straight regarding Judaism and Torah.
 
This phrase is part of an extended discussion about nezikin, or damages, and really has nothing to do with criminal justice per se. The tractate in the Talmud dealing principally with damages is Bava Kama, and in the 8th chapter it states emphatically that this verse means monetary restitution. Thus, it is inconceivable for the Torah, about which was written: diracheha darchei noam-its ways are ways of pleasantness, to legislate the literal taking of an eye for another eye.
 
One might ask, however, why then did the Torah express itself in such a manner that had such potential for misinterpretation? One answer could be that when a person only has to pay damages for such a violent act one could emerge from the proceedings not recognizing the real gravity of the damage one had caused. As such the Torah says that if God forbid you do perpetrate such an act, you DESERVE the same fate, only the earthly court is not authorized to mete out punishment is that fashion.

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

Presenting Max Richardson’s first showing in New York:  Image of Israel:  Origin and Identity
 
Mr. Richardson has created a moving, visual testament to Israel’s origin and identity.   His images consistently portray the intimacy between "Israel, the land" and "Israel, the people," and are featured prominently in the books Touching the Stones of our Heritage — photos of the Kotel (Western Wall) Tunnels — and City of David: The Story of Ancient Jerusalem.
 
The select group of images in this exhibition — culled from a vast body of work over his twenty-five years living and working in the Holy Land — shows a sensitivity to diverse subjects while encompassing a broad use of the photographic medium.  Breaking away from the tendency to over size everything in contemporary art, the pieces offered are modest in size, yet the effect is refreshingly profound and personal.  Included are portraits made with 8” x 10” and 4” x 5" field cameras, composite digital images meant to be enlarged to 8 x10 feet, and, in a nod to autochromes — the first commercial color process —photographs printed on glass.   Also featured, for the first time in New York, are pieces representing Mr. Richardson s latest exploration — unique images of Jerusalem printed directly on the renowned "Jerusalem Stone.”   
 
The exhibition will run from February 17 - March 15, 2015.  Please join us for the Opening on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30pm.  
 
All images at the exhibition are offered for sale in a variety of formats and media.  For additional information please go to, http://www.photomaxrichardson.com.
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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February 5, 2015
Weekly Newsletter
Friday
 
Candle lighting   5:01pm
 
Evening service  5:10pm In the Reception Hall
 
Saturday
 
Morning services   9am
 
Kiddush sponsored by Amy Barton and Ashby Parsons in honor of their son Elijah's Bar Mitzvah
 
Sunday
 
Memorial for Guler Ugur   4pm
Ceremony in the sanctuary followed by an exhibition in the Gallery
 
Isaac's Lions High School Basketball  6:30pm
Vs Young Israel of Manhattan at the Educational Alliance 197 East Broadway
 
Monday
 
Hebrew School
 
Tuesday/Adult Education
 
Tanach/Joel   6pm
 
Siddur/Prayer   6:45pm
The last commandment of the "Big 10" seems a little anticlimactic: "Do not covet", and the translation doesn't do justice to the Hebrew. What is "Lo Tachmod", anyway?
 
At the peril of being over technical, the sages are more or less in agreement that the Torah is referring to a two step process. Firstly, there is the desire for, and planning of, procuring an object that doesn't belong to oneself. And then there is the actual effort that one makes to obtain that object.
 
As to being the last commandment, we note that all the previous requirements are great, but by powerfully desiring what someone else owns, and conspiring to acquire it, one demonstrates that all these concepts are lost on that individual.
 
If you truly believe in God and His wisdom you would understand why someone else has what you don't have. And if you truly respected and cherished your fellow human being you would never be bothered about what another person has or that it came at your expense, etc.
 
Thus we see that essentially the last commandment is about putting all the previous 9 into practice!
 
Tribeca Synagogue congratulates Amy Barton and Ashby Parsons for the Bar Mitzvah of their son Elijah this Shabbat!

Rabbi Jonathan Glass

NEXT WEEK!
 
 
 
 
 
SOKOLOW VS The PLO
 
Important Court Case at 500 Pearl St 11th Floor Judge Daniels!
 
Victims of the 2nd Intifada are testifying for the next number of days about their injuries and deaths. A number of these families have been staying in local hotels and have been davening with our minyan.
 
Open to the public with proper ID
 

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