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Monthly Archives: 13 Adar 5770 (February 27, 2010)
Please join the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts at its upcoming Annual Meeting on Monday, May 17th at 7:15 pm at Temple Shalom in Newton. At the gala event, we will be celebrating and thanking three innovators of creative, pluralistic Jewish educational endeavors for their unique accomplishments: Arlene Remz, Executive Director of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, Aliza Kline, Founding Executive Director of Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh & Family Education Center, and Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, Director of Brandeis University’s Office of High School Studies. May 17th promises to be an evening of celebration, Jewish music, unity and, of course, great desserts. For more information and to register, please visit SCM’s website, www.synagoguecouncil.org.
Parashat Tetzaveh 5770 Dvar Acheir May We Just Be Purim is a time for us to mask ourselves in a gesture of fun and frolic. We hide our true identities from each other as though it were a children’s game of “let’s pretend.” While some psychologists might admit to the need every once in a while it is necessary for people to let their hair down and be more “themselves,” the hidden message in this remark is that we spend the majority of our time pretending to be somebody that we’re not. We find ourselves being what is expected of us by others, and after a while, hiding behind these invisible masks we are forced to create for ourselves, we discover the discontinuity in our behavior, and begin to wonder who is the real person we truly are. Are we a fiction of our own doing, or are we genuine to our inner beings. So, the masks that we wear end up being more than just a children’s game as we try to reconcile with ourselves between what is outside and what is inside. This week’s Torah portion concentrates itself on Aaron and the Priesthood. In Exodus 28 we are … Continue reading
Parashat Tetzaveh 5770 An Excused or an Excused Absence? Many scholars of the Bible have commented that this week’s Torah portion is the only sedrah from the beginning of Exodus to the end of Deuteronomy in which the name of Moses is absent. Why is he not mentioned in a Torah portion that begins with the words “Atah tetzaveh,” meaning, “You shall further instruct…”? God refers to Moses but does not mention him directly by name! What’s up with God?
Festivities on Saturday (February 27) at 6:00 p.m. begin with delicious pizza, followed by a lively Megillah reading, costume parade and lots of noise. After the megillah reading dance and party with a talented DJ from Cohen Productions. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required but costumes are always welcome. Where and When: Date: Saturday, February 27 Time: 6:00 p.m. Place: Temple B’nai Abraham
Come taste a large selection of kosher-for-Passover wines during a fun evening with friends. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, desserts and live music provided by the Joy of Sax jazz band. Kosher (not for Passover) beers will also be available for tasting. Your discounted orders will be available for pick up before Passover. Tickets are available in the temple office. All proceeds benefit the TBA Religious School. Where and When: Date: Sunday, March 7 Time: 4p.m.-6p.m. Place: Temple B’nai Abraham 200 East Lothrop Street Beverly, Ma. Cost: $10 For tickets contact: email@example.com
A Mishloach Manot gift box for Purim has been ordered for You — yes, I mean YOU! We are pleased to say that each and every congregant was selected to receive a Purim gift box! Gift boxes will be waiting for pick up either on Purim night, Sat., Feb. 27, or on Purim, Sun., Feb. 28, between 10 AM and 2 PM. Any left after Wed., Mar. 3, at 2 PM will be dismantled due to the perishable nature of the treats. If you are shut in and unable to pick up your box, please email or call the Temple office and we will arrange for it to be delivered. Someone was thoughtful enough to send you a Purim greeting; please come and pick up your Purim box! Special thanks go to the Mishloach Manot team: to the hamentaschen bakers: Elizabeth Schlein and her Community Learning Day Team, and Ilene MacDonald, and all her bakers; to Ilene for ordering and organizing another 600 hamentaschen so no one would go hungry on Purim; to Leslie Colten for buying all the non-perishable goodies for the boxes and to her children for helping sort out the raisins; to the Atid class and Olivia … Continue reading
Parashat Terumah 5770 To-Marrow, To-Marrow, Is Just a Life Away Right before leaving for a short weekend trip to Houston to celebrate my Mother-in-Law’s 85th birthday party with my wife and her seven siblings, their children, and grandchildren – close to sixty in all – I stopped at the bookstore to pick up my daughter who needed a book to read for school. I had no intention of buying myself another book since I had plenty of others unread sitting on the shelf in my bedroom waiting for my attention. No sooner had I crossed the threshold of the entrance when I was greeted by a gentleman in a suit who was attempting to sell a book that he authored. On the cover was a picture of Kevin Walsh, the author and the man standing before me, contemplating a final golf shot. For a man who is more interested in baseball than golf, on the surface, this was not the book I would have chosen to take with me on the plane. I told the author that I would come back to talk to him after I found my daughter. Being true to my word, I returned to the store … Continue reading