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Weekly Message 10.22.2021 Parashat Vayeira

Parashat Vayeira (and he went) Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

HafTorah Kings II 4:1 - 37



Dear friends,


I hope you are all doing well and had a good week.


Although we are now reading our 4th portion (Vayeira) in the Book of Genesis (Bereshit) and are over 6 weeks removed from Rosh Hashanah, we return to the Torah readings of Rosh Hashanah (the birth of Isaac on the 1st day and the binding of Isaac (the Akeida) on the second day.


This Shabbat weekend, we re-read both of those episodes in chapters 21 and 22 constituting the last triennial of the portion. So, we revisit two remarkable events that helped shape our ancestors' and thus our very own futures. There are so many questions and even more answers to the understanding of our complex relationship with Hashem and with our legends. For certain, our patriarchs and matriarchs are real human beings. They are righteous and holy people, but not without faults just as we all are. It is through our behavior and the care of our fellow humans and the earth we live in that we also become righteous and holy as well.


The upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah give us specific opportunities to develop these critical traits through donating time and funds to help feed the hungry, to visit and/or call those who are unable to leave their homes, and to simply volunteer time to make our community a better place for all.


Please join me tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30 am for our Shabbat services where we as a community will pray and study together and make plans to better ourselves, our congregation, and the world around us through applying the mitzvot of caring.


Shabbat Shalom,


Ron Becker

Spiritual Leader

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FRIDAY:


JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shabbat Service

Time: Oct 22, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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SATURDAY:


JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday Morning Service

Time: Oct 23, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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