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Weekly Message 06.04.2021 Parashat Shelach

Parashat Shelach (send to you or send for yourself) Numbers 13:11 - 15:41

HafTorah Joshua 2:1 - 24

Dear friends,

As we have finally entered the summer rainy season and more and more of us have been vaccinated (including our 14-year-old grandson), we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person soon but will continue to zoom all our services and other activities to all who wish to join us on the computer. We hope to resume our wonderful Kiddushes and luncheons soon and even our dine-outs, so please stay tuned for updates.

This Shabbat weekend, we continue our Torah reading from the Book of Bamidbar, the portion of Shlach Lecha where Moses sends spies representing each tribe to the promised land to scout out the terrain and the inhabitants. All of the spies agree that the land is beautiful and plentiful, indeed, the land of "milk and honey". But only Joshua and Caleb bring back a positive report about actually possessing the land. The others return to the camp terrified of the people living there and their military potential. Indeed, they report that "we are grasshoppers compared to them" and suggest that the children should return to Egypt and slavery rather than risking what they fear is certain death in the land of Israel.

This is the "last straw" for Moses and for Hashem who condemns all the Israelites who were adults at the time of leaving Egypt to wander in the wilderness for the next 38 years until they have all died leaving only Joshua, Caleb, those who were children at the time of leaving slavery, and those born in the wilderness to enter the land when the time is right, i.e. when the mentality of slavery is completely gone. As we later learn, even Moses will not be permitted to enter the land.

Please join us in-person or on Zoom tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow at 9:30 am for Shabbat services and Torah reading and services. We will also say the special prayer for the new month of Tammuz which begins next Thursday and Friday. Also, please try to help us make a minyan at the unveiling of the monument in memory of Mel Finkelstein, the beloved husband of Kay Finkelstein this Sunday June 6th at 11 am at Beit Olam Cemetery,12609 Memorial Dr, Trinity, FL 34655 right off route 54. The ceremony is a short one (no longer than 1/2 hour) and you will be performing an important mitzvah.

And please mark your calendars for two additional life-cycle events in June. On Sunday, June 13th at 11 am, we will have the unveiling of the monument in memory of Rose Mitrani, the beloved wife of Joseph Mitrani at Grace Memorial Gardens, 16931 US-19, Hudson, FL 34667. Again, we will need people to help make the minyan and in addition, I have yahrzeit for my father of blessed memory and need to say Kaddish on that morning, so please try to help out. And on Saturday, June 26th at our Shabbat morning service, we are honored to have a baby-naming. Aurora Saturn Shapiro-Reynolds, the granddaughter of Elliot and Lucy Shapiro will receive her Hebrew name when their daughter Marcy Shapiro-Reynolds is called to the Torah. So, we are privileged and honored to share all life-cycle events whether joyous or bittersweet or sad with our congregants in our synagogue family.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Becker

Spiritual Leader.

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