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January 23, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:46pm

 

Evening services   4:50pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Samuel and Sharita Lesman

 

Shabbat ends   5:50pm

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh Shvat

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6:30pm

 

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7:15pm

 

In the portion of Vaera we have the first 7 plagues but there is a major change between 1-5 and those following. In the first group the verse relates that Pharaoh hardens his heart, but by 6 it changes to God hardening Pharaoh’s heart. On the face of it we might conclude that this is an exception to one of the most fundamental principles of the Torah, which would be free will.

 

Approaches abound as to how to resolve this, but one that speaks to a modern audience would relate to addictive behavior. Pharaoh began with full choice, but his repetitive lying and deceiving built within him a behavior that was harder and harder to withdraw from. Indeed, addictive behavior can easily devolve into a situation when the person has almost no control, but who is to blame for that? Of course we know now that there are cases when a person is born with a strong predilection and therapy, rather than mussar, would be the appropriate approach. However, the Torah is referring to humanity in general, warning us not to get into bad moral habits that without early intervention can overwhelm us.

 

We bless the new month of Shvat coming up this Monday.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue welcomes Rabbi Shmuel Shteinhendler, the Rabbi of the Cuban Jewish community, for Shabbat this weekend. He will be addressing the congregation with the Dvar Torah.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Samuel and Sharita Lesman for the recent birth of their second daughter and will be sponsoring the kiddush this Shabbat as they will name her at services.

 

Congratulations to Carlos and Deborah Gutierrez for the Pidyon Haben of their son this past Sunday at NYU Langone!

 

  

 

 

 

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