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Weekly Message 11.17.2023 Parashat Toldot

Parashat Toldot (Generations) Genesis 25:19 - 28:9

HafTorah Malachi 1:1 - 2:7

Dear friends,

Another week has gone by, and we continue to pray for the return of the hostages and the health and safety of all peace-loving people, indeed all humanity. A reminder that we have two interfaith activities planned for the next couple weeks, both hosted by Temple Beth David in Spring Hill. The first is the interfaith Thanksgiving service to take place on Tuesday, November 21st at 7 pm (see attached invitation) sponsored by the Nature Coast Interfaith Coalition. Let's have a strong turn out from our shul. Please let me know if you will be attending and if you need a ride or can provide one.

The second event is entitled "Interfaith Torah Talk" on Saturday December 2nd at 12:15 pm. Since we normally end our Shabbat service by 11:30-11:45 am, we should be able to carpool to Beth David afterward and I believe they will be serving lunch. We will also be hosting Havdalah followed by our Holiday Boat Parade Hanukkah party at our home on the Cotee River that evening at 6 pm, so a very full day, but one filled with inspiration, learning, and fun.

Interfaith Torah Talk: Interfaith Dialogue in Families and Communities

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Temple Beth David - 12:15pm

Grab lunch and participate in a presentation led by Rabbi Jen about what it means to be living in an interfaith world. How can we be true to our own faith beliefs, while embracing the traditions of other faiths during the Chanukah and Christmas season?

This Shabbat marks the end of the first week of the month of Kislev and one where we are introduced to our third patriarch Yaacov (Jacob) and the struggles between him and his brother Esau leading to the fracture in our society that plagues us acutely to this very day as we come to grips with the unfolding tragedies that threaten our very existence. The consequences of favorably treating one sibling over another are certainly far-reaching and long lasting. Our triennial year reading will be from the portion of Toldot in the Book of Bereshit (Genesis) 26:23-27:27.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I will close with a prayer from the Sim Shalom weekday siddur.

Worship Adonai in gladness; come before God with joy.

Enter Adonai's gates with thanksgiving; with gratitude sing out God's praise.

Praise the Creator who works great wonders; who ennobles us from birth.

Adonai has blessed us with liberty, with noble dreams, and with the pursuit of happiness.

How shall we thank Adonai for our blessings?

Let us share our bread with the hungry; let us not turn away from the needy.

Clothe the naked and shelter the homeless, help those who have no help.

Let us not take our blessings for granted, but let us share them with others, with thanks.

Sing a new song for Adonai where faithful gather, let Adonai be praised.

Adonai's love endures forever. Let us share in that love with our life.

Looking forward to seeing you in shul this Shabbat (in person and on Zoom at 7:30 pm this evening and 9:30 am tomorrow morning) and in all of our synagogue and interfaith activities. Have a safe, joyful, and meaningful Thanksgiving celebration.

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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