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December 17, 2019
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:16pm

Evening services  4:20pm

Young Professionals Dinner   6pm

Saturday

Morning services 9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Saturday night Maariv minyan 5:15 pm

At the home of Neil Wallin 79 Laight St (West/Washington) #2D 

Shabbat ends 5:15pm

Sunday

First Candle

Monday

Morning services   7:15am

Hebrew School on hiatus

Tuesday

Morning services   7:15am

Evening services   4:30pm

Wednesday/Legal Holiday

Office closed, services TBD

 

 

Vayeshev presents us with yet another sticky conundrum: how do we explain the fratricidal behavior of Joseph's brothers?!

We start with the Talmudic concept of Rodef which refers to someone who is threatening someone else's life. As the logic dictates, one is entitled to do whatever is necessary to eliminate that threat. In this case, in the brothers' estimation, Joseph represented more than a threat to their physical well being, he threatened their spiritual future and that of all their descendants.

How so?

He was constantly criticizing their behavior to their father Jacob. The brothers noted that up until this generation there had always been a selection whereby the chosen son would continue the legacy and the castoffs would be relegated to the spiritual dustbin of history. This is what happened to Ishmael and to Esau, why wouldn't this be the case with them?

Thus, they made the fateful decision to eliminate Joseph as a threat, albeit a flawed decision, from which we are suffering to the present day!

Mazel Tov to Deborah and Carlos Gutierrez for the birth of a boy last night! Details to follow.

Condolences to Colin Kelly for the loss of his father. He will be receiving guests Saturday night (12/21), from 6:15 to 9:45 pm, in the residents' lounge in the lobby of our building, 25 Broad St., Manhattan.

Presentation of Hebrew-Spanish Chumashim to the Patronato Synagogue in Havana

Rabbi Glass will make a presentation about his trip during services Shabbat morning.

A full travelogue will be forthcoming.

Amazing Children's Chanukah Party on Monday

 

Kol HaKavod to our Director Yael Even Esh!

 

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