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Monthly Archives: 18 Tammuz 5770 (June 30, 2010)
Happier is…WEEK TEN Pinchas Relationships: Knowing and Being Known “Relationship expert John Gottman is able to predict the success of a relationship based upon how partners describe their shared past. If partners focus on the happy aspects of their time together, if they remember the past fondly, the relationship is more likely to thrive. Focusing on meaningful and pleasurable experiences – In the past and in the present – Fortifies the connection and improves the relationship overall…” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I never thought that I would need marital advice following my divorce a decade ago. I had come to the conclusion, after many months of personal counseling, that I had gathered enough insight into myself to establish a new relationship that would extend beyond the eighteen years that I had invested in my first marriage. I knew that things would be different between us, whoever that other person would be. I just celebrated my eighth anniversary to Lynn and I continue to marvel in our relationship and what we have accomplished with one another in what seems to be a short period of time. It is not a perfect relationship. And I thank God for that. … Continue reading
Registration materials are available for the 2010-2011 school year. Religious School begins on Sunday, September 12, at 9 a.m. with an all-school assembly for students and parents. The TBA Religious School encompasses kindergarten through seventh grade. TBA membership is required only for grades 3 and up. If you have friends or family members with young children, please tell them about our school. You can forward the names of potential school families to Deborah Vozella, and request registration materials through the Temple office.
We thank Barbara Freeman and Peter Gilmore for their recent sponsorship of an Oneg Shabbat or Kiddush.
Mazel tov to all of our high school and college graduates as well as to our Religious School graduating class: Jessica Goldberg, Rachel Grant, Lauren Myerson and Ethan Schutzman. Mazel tov, also, to our Religious School honorees: Ethan Schutzman and Olivia Huth (Sam and Eve Weinberg Award); Emily Zieff and Lauren Myerson (Herman Kravitz Award); Jonathan Soferr (Jonathan Myerson Scholarship Award); and Rachel Grant and Lauren Myerson (Weiss-Winer Award).
Each summer when the Hebrew month of Av comes up in the lunar calendar, we pause on the evening prior to the ninth day to remember a number of calamities that took place on this date. The most memorable is the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, which happened not once but twice on this date, or so the sages tell us. Outside of the Orthodox world, very few people honor its significance. The question that exists for this generation as well as the ones that will follow is how to make such commemorations relevant in a world in which we can visualize the glory of the Temple as it once stood and still have a connection to it without mourning its loss.
Shabbat evening services move to Lynch Park, Beverly, on these Fridays (weather permitting): July 2 July 9 July 16—with Marcy Yellin July 30 August 13 August 20—with Marcy Yellin All services begin at 7 p.m. We meet on the grassy area nearest to the parking lot and overlooking the water. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. In the case of inclement weather, services revert to the Temple. Please note: Services will be held at the Temple building on August 6 (due to Beverly Homecoming activities) and will return to the Temple on August 27 for the remainder of the summer.
Parashat Chukkat / Balak 5770 Opposites Attract Who’s the smart one? Is it the donkey that has words of wisdom to share with a prophet who sells his blessings and curses for a price? Or is it the person who says that he can tell you what type of oil was used to fry up the chickpeas in a falafel pita pocket, by merely looking at the hummus that it rests in? The Torah readings for this week and last week are sometimes read together on a single Shabbat. In some ways the two parashiot are tied together. They share the common theme of paired opposites. There is the general idea that good and evil are tied together, as well as holiness and defilement. The wells of water in the wilderness dried up when Miriam died, and a well was formed when Moses hit a certain rock wrong, disobeying God, who told him to speak to the rock. We are told that those who were bitten by snakes for praying to a graven image will be relieved of their poison when they stare into the eyes of a bronze snake on top of the staff of Moses. In this week’s Torah portion, a curse becomes a blessing when … Continue reading