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Weekly Message 08.28.2020 Parashat Ki Teitzei

Ki Teitzei (When you go battle) Deuteronomy 21:21:10 - 25:19

Haf Torah Isaiah - 54:1-10

Dear friends,

Please join me again this Shabbat as we hold our regular Friday evening service tonight at 7:30 pm both at the synagogue and virtually on Zoom. This week's portion is Ki Teitzei as the children of Israel are being prepared to enter the promised land by hearing a repetition of many of the laws that will be needed to assure a fair and equitable and moral society. These critical statutes relate to family and property and include the gamut of civil and criminal laws many of which are relevant today. Loans, fair wages, proper weights and measures, vows, and laws relating to marriage and the family are but a few that are covered in this long sedrah.

Finally, we read the he commandment to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites—Amalek’s killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt. This reminder is read every year on Tisha B'Av and you'll see that our Holocaust era Torah in the sanctuary along with all Holocausts era Torahs on display throughout the world is rolled to this paragraph for all to see and to remember.

The service can be accessed as always at this address:

JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shabbat Service

Time: Aug 28, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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This Shabbat, we are fortunate to have been invited by Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen, NJ to watch their service on You Tube beginning at 9 am tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

We hope to begin holding services again on Saturday mornings, and this experience will give you an idea of what to expect. Neve Shalom uses the new Conservative Siddur Lev Shalom, but pages will also be called out in our siddur Sim Shalom. If you don't already have Sim Shalom (the Siddur we use on Shabbat mornings), you can pick one up this evening. I have received the honor of chanting the Haftorah from my home and I hope that many of you will be able to tune in. The Haftorah is from the Prophet Isaiah who we have been studying for most of the summer. This is the 5th of 7 Haftorot of Consolation from this dynamic prophet and stresses the everlasting mercy of the Lord. It is one of my favorites mostly because it contains the passage "For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed, but God's kindness shall not depart from thee".

As we continue to endure a global pandemic that has changed the way we do almost everything together with violent storms and unrest throughout the world, we continue to have faith and to help ourselves and others cope with very difficult circumstances. If we continue to follow the laws that we have studied in the Torah and are kind to our friends, relatives, neighbors and all who are suffering, we will endure and emerge with confidence for the future. The Haftorah is found on pages 857-858 in the Hertz Chumash. Again, if you need one, please feel free to pick it up tonight!

The Saturday morning service can be accessed easily on You Tube beginning at shortly before 9 am at:

In case you have difficulty accessing the above You Tube site, you can also access the service on Zoom at:

Looking forward to seeing you tonight and hopefully, tomorrow morning as well!

Shabbat Shalom!

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader

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