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Monthly Archives: 15 Sivan 5770 (May 28, 2010)
Happier is…WEEK FIVE Beha’alotekha: Meaning “Happiness, not wealth or prestige, is the ultimate currency.”
Now that warm weather has returned and Memorial Day and other civil holidays approach, it is appropriate again to point out some of the customs and rules pertaining to gravesites at TBA’s cemetery. The presence of flowers at funerals and gravesites is distinctly a non-Jewish custom and is actively discouraged, if not prohibited, by the Conservative movement, its Rabbis, and member congregations. TBA Bylaws and cemetery rules prohibit the decoration or marking of any gravesite in any manner, other than with standard gravestones, without specific permission of the Cemetery Trustees. In particular, no grave may be decorated with plants or flowers or other vegetation, be they live or artificial, potted or planted, or cut and placed in the ground to appear as if they are growing. Such items will be removed and disposed of by cemetery personnel. The Jewish custom upon visiting the gravesite of a loved one is to pledge tz’dakah, either to a favorite charity of the deceased or to the Temple or cemetery. (Donations to the cemetery are always useful and appreciated for maintenance and general beautification.) Some also follow the custom of marking the visit by placing a small stone or pebble on the grave marker. … Continue reading
Twice a year the congregants of Temple B’nai Abraham have an opportunity to impact how the temple is governed. The first meeting invites the congregation to approve the budget for the upcoming year and or any employment contracts that might be up for renewal. The second meeting allows the congregation to elect the officers of the Board of Directors and Cemetery Trustees. These two opportunities give each member a voice. Agenda 1. Election of in-coming Officers, Board members and Cemetery Trustee (see details below) 2. Proposed Bylaws amendment moving March budget meeting to May (see details below) 3. Proposed budget amendment 4. Announcement of changes to 2010-11 TBA Share Plan WHERE & WHEN DATE: Sunday, June 13 TIME: 10:00 AM PLACE: Temple B’nai Abraham Your vote counts! Please make every effort to attend. Sorry, you must be registered and logged in to view this article and any associated comments.
Parashat Naso 5770 On May 11, I was invited to be a part of an interfaith panel of clergy discussing, from their individual faith traditions, “how to respond to health and financial difficulties using a spiritual approach.” Following my reading of this week’s Torah portion, I think that I have discovered at least one response to our current financial woes, or more accurately said, our relationship and feelings towards such hardships. What Judaism and other religious faiths attempt to do is to put our tzorases into their proper perspective. My father mentioned to me a Yiddish proverb in reaction to his medical issues that can be used just as accurately when a person is having financial problems. He translated it for me as: “Things could be a lot better, but it could also be a lot worse.” Our cultural traditions teach us to appreciate the moment, even when the moment is a source of fear and trepidation, because there is something to be learned by these emotions along with what brings us joy and contentment.
Am Echad Lev Echad, “One People, One Heart” The North Shore Rabbinical Association, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, Cohen Hillel Academy, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Temple Ner Tamid, Temple Sinai, Temple Ahavat Achim, Temple B’nai Abraham, Invite you to share in celebrating the Festival of Shavuot Wednesday, May 19. Choose from Reform, Conservative and Family Service options followed by lunch and open pool and gym. All services will take place at the JCC on Community Road in Marblehead. Transportation is available for the Chagenu program on Shavuot, this Wednesday, May 19. Please see the following bus schedules for pick up and drop off times and locations. Bus #1 8:50 am Temple Ahavat Achim 33 Commercial St., Gloucester 9:30 am Temple B’nai Abraham 200 East Lothrop St., Beverly 9:45 am Temple Shalom at 287 Lafayette St., Salem 9:55 am Drop off at the JCC in Marblehead ——— 1:45 pm Depart JCC, Marblehead 2:10 pm Drop off Temple Shalom at 287 Lafayette St., Salem 2:25 pm Drop off Temple B’nai Abraham 200 East Lothrop St., Beverly 2:55 pm Drop off Temple Ahavat Achim 33 Commercial … Continue reading
A Note on Shavuot 5770 Torah Is Not All “Business” Tuesday night begins the holiday of Shavuot. We began a journey fifty days ago, beginning on the Second night of Passover when we counted each day with a measure of grain, looking for the daily blessings in our lives. During this time I started to write a weekly blog on “Happiness” to help us focus on the blessings that are a part of our world to help sustain us, spiritually, especially when we encounter difficulties that may threaten our sense of balance. One of the ways that we achieve this ability to stay centered on a religious basis is by studying a new portion of the Bible each week. On Shavuot we celebrate God giving us that Torah as an act of love and devotion to the Israelite people to help guide them on the right path for a life of peace by ordering how we can achieve satisfaction through our relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves. There are three blessings that a person recites when engaging in the study of the Torah. These blessings are recited as a preliminary to the morning blessings that jumpstart our day. … Continue reading
Don’t forget to join us next Sunday, May 23, from 10 am to noon for the TBA Garden Mitzvah Day. We’ll plant colorful annuals, clip hedges, weed the beds and perform other tasks to get our beautiful garden ready for a new season of enjoyment. Refreshments will be served. Come help and have some fun. If you have hedge clippers, please bring them with you, along with gardening gloves, trowels and other tools. When & Where Date: Sunday , May 23 Time: 10 am-noon Place: Temple B’nai Abraham 200 East Lothrop Street Beverly, MA Info: firstname.lastname@example.org