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Weekly Message 11.05.2021 Parashat Toldot

Parashat Toldot (generations or descendants) Genesis 25:19 - 28:19

HafTorah Malachi 1:1 - 2:1

Dear friends,

During this difficult time, now stretching into nearly two years, we have held together as a community, practicing our faith, seeing each other safely when possible, and learning many new methods of communication. I had never even heard the term Zoom before 2020 and now seem to be utilizing it multiple times a day!

We all look forward to an end to the pandemic and life back to normal: Friday night community dinners, the resumption of our monthly dine-out activities. etc. In the meantime, we will celebrate our holidays and our just being together as much as we can. And please continue to attend our Shabbat services to guarantee a minyan so that we can read from the Torah and those who are mourning a loved one can say Kaddish.

This Shabbat, we read the portion of Toldot in the Book of Genesis, an often-told story of the relationship of two brothers, Jacob and Esau

and the relationship of the brothers with their parents Isaac and Rebecca. There is so much that applies to today's world and we will explore this at our services tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30 am.

Today is Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the month of Kislev. By the time it ends, we will be in the midst of the Hanukkah celebration. And with this new month, comes a whole host of activities and holidays. We begin with Veterans Day, continue with Thanksgiving Day, and end with Hanukkah. As we have stressed throughout the period leading up to Kislev, this is a month of volunteerism. As we approach Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, we need to increase our tzedakah and volunteerism to make certain that the hungry are fed and the homeless are housed. Thanks to all that will be helping at Metropolitan Ministries. If you are not able to assist physically, then please consider a monetary donation to them, or to Feeding Tampa Bay, or to The Volunteer Way, or any other organization that is dedicated to ending hunger in our region.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in-person or virtually on Zoom this Shabbat. Also, please plan to participate in some or all of our upcoming activities:

On Sunday November 21st at 4 pm, we will be hosting the Founders Day dinner of the African American Club of Pasco County. We have had a long collaboration with this organization. They were here for us when we mourned the Tree of Life synagogue disaster and at many other times. We have participated in their Martin Luther King Day programs and this event celebrates our close association.

On Sundays November 21st, 28th, and December 6th, from 12 noon until 2 pm, we will be holding our annual Hannukah "sale-a-bration " in the Spigelman Room. Come for the comradery and to find some fantastic Hanukkah gift buys and essentials for the holiday.

On Sunday November 28th at 2:45 pm, we will be visiting the Atria at Windsor Woods community in Hudson to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the residents who include our very own Mary Gaines. We will sing traditional songs and light the first candle.

On Saturday December 4th at 6 pm, we will gather at our home on the banks of the Cotee River to watch Captain Jeff and our beautifully decorated Hanukkah boat sailing by during the annual New Port Richey Holiday Boat Parade.

Kislev will surely be a month to celebrate together!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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