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August 1, 2019
Weekly Newsletter


Morning services   7:10am

Candle lighting   7:52pm

Evening services   6:30p



Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   8:55pm


The double portion of Matot Maasei represents the largest Shabbat Torah reading of the year, approximately 250 verses. Three of the topics are seemingly unrelated but they can be strung together with a theme that is very appropriate for this part of the Jewish calendar.

Specifically we have the 42 journeys, the cities of refuge and negligent murder. The classic case of the latter is when one hasn't properly inspected one's tools and, as a result, someone loses their life when that tool fails. The punishment is that the murderer has to run to a city of refuge to escape the blood redeemer. Only a callousness towards the value of the life of one's fellow could lead to the level of carelessness that ended up in someone losing that life. And we are told that the reason that the Israelites had to make so many journeys was because of the intrapersonal conflicts that were present such that moving along help quell the strife. These conflicts were also related to the lack of respect that people had for their fellow Jew.

Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Av, beginning the even more intense mourning of the 9 days, culminating in Tisha B'Av. It is customary to refrain from wine, meat and bathing for pleasure throughout this period. One of the themes of this time is the fact that according to our sages the 2nd Temple was destroyed for this exact same factor that we have presented earlier. May we take this opportunity to stress the value of all of those in our life and merit to see a rectified future of the Temple and our land.

Coming next weekend: Evening services Saturday night August 10th for Tisha B'Av at 9pm followed by Eicha (Lamentations). Sunday morning services for Tisha B'Av 8:30am including limited Kinot. Evening services TBD.


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