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Monthly Archives: 11 Tammuz 5773 (January 31, 2010)
Sunday Evening January 31, 2010 16 Shevat 5770 “Tu b’Shevat heegee’a, chag ha’ilanot…” These are the opening words to a song that celebrates Jewish Arbor Day, which was officially yesterday. It is customary in the Jewish tradition to go into the fields and to plant, as well as to eat many different types of fruits in celebration of the many blessings that trees offer us. Since it was Shabbat on the 15th, the planting would have to wait. As for the fruits, Lynn and I visited a friend in Jerusalem on Shabbat afternoon who treated us to candied etrog, which is only available in the stores in limited quantities at this time of the year. What a true delight to celebrate the holiday! I will have more to say about the trees shortly! Our day began early, as usual. Our first destination was the Western Wall and the Rabbinic Tunnels. We are familiar with the sight of the Wall as being the closest point at which a person can come in regard to the Holy of Holies that once stood on the Temple Mount above. The Wall itself has no intrinsic holy value, other than its proximity to the Temple. … Continue reading
Parashat Beshallach — January 30, 2010 – 15 Shevat 5770 I have a colleague who is quite expressive with her aphorisms and her wisdom. She once said to me that we are all familiar with the phrase that when one door closes, another one opens. However, how many of us take the time to realize that being in the hallway between them is what causes us the most difficulty in life?
Parashat Beshallach — January 30, 2010 – 15 Shevat 5770 Who is the best man for the job of leading the Israelite nation out of Egypt is not the same question as asking who is responsible for the Israelites leaving Egypt. Words are important in the Hebrew text of the Bible. We look at them for hidden meanings in order to gain a better understanding of what it is that God expects of us through our examination of the characters of the Bible.
Two very exciting programs are happening at TBA that you will not want to miss. Community Day of Learning on Sunday, January 31, will be one of our most exciting Community Learning Days ever. We are excited to offer sessions with three special guests, as well as a few others. Judith Black, the storyteller postponed from Jan. 3, will offer two sessions: one special session for younger children and another for older kids and adults. We have a special guest from Nishmat Hayyim guiding us through Jewish meditation. And Alex Woodle, a representative from the Jewish Genealogical Society, will be teaching us how to begin a search for our Jewish roots. Visit the Community Day Of Learning Post for more information. Beverly Blend Coffeehouse opens it’s doors on January 30, from 7:30 to 11 PM, with an evening of contemporary acoustic music including folk, blues, rhythm and blues and jazz. The new coffee house will serve hot beverages and snacks. All are welcome; there is no dress or age requirement, and families are welcome. Admission is $7 ($20 per family) at the door. Visit the Beverly Blend Coffeehouse Post for more information.
Only a group like this—composed of 11 teens and four adults—could withstand 16 hours of non-stop excitement without falling apart in sheer exhaustion. Temple B’nai Abraham’s 2009-2010 confirmation class, formally known as ATID, travelled down to Washington, D.C. late this January where, for two days, they “were able to see Judaism incorporated in real life through activists and the visible effects the Holocaust has on today” said Tessa Schwartz 16, of Hamilton. After months of planning, ATID, which is led by Miriam Blue of Lynnfield, made their trip to our nation’s capital on Sunday, January 17, by plane. They left from Logan International at 8 am, arriving in D.C. by 12:30 pm. From the airport they went to their hotel, which was just blocks from the National Mall. After settling in and the teens exploring the building, the group took the metro to Union Station where, although allowed to break up into small groups, the teens all lunched together at Johnny Rockets, probably creating some amount of distress for the waiters, who, very patiently, cleaned up spilled milkshake after spilled milkshake. After lunch, the teens had some time to walk around the Station, until they met up with Miriam and … Continue reading
Thursday Evening, January 28, 2010 13 Shevat 5770 “Shalom Yerushalayim…” is one of many songs that have been written over the ages that try to describe the significance of this place to the Jewish people and their experience with God and nature. It is on the Temple Mount that Abraham nearly sacrificed Isaac. It is in this same place that the Holy of Holies once stood. It is here that our ancestors once gathered to celebrate the three pilgrimage festivals. Today, it is the seat of Israel’s government, the place where Israel buries her fallen soldiers, and the place where we remember the victims of the Holocaust and the stories of its survivors, as well as honoring the righteous gentiles who risked their lives for the souls of a Jewish person. The first comment that our guide, Michael, made was that Jerusalem is a city of contrasts. There is the heavenly Jerusalem and then there is the earthly one, the one of of our hopes and dreams and the one that is a reality. It brings together the holy and the secular. It is both ancient and vibrantly new. Yet, throughout it all, it brings the Jewish people together in … Continue reading