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Weekly Message 12.16.2022 Parashat Vayeshev

Parashat Vayeshev (and he lived) Genesis 37:1 -40:23

HafTorah Amos 2:6 - 3:8



Dear friends,


Hanukkah is now upon us, and we begin the celebration this weekend. Our Shabbat services will take place at 7:30 pm tonight and 9:30 am tomorrow morning in-person and virtually on Zoom as usual. We will read Chapter 37 (portion of Vayeshev in the Book of Genesis) which details the unfortunate result of sibling rivalry and favoritism as we are introduced to Joseph and his brothers. Our Haftorah is from the Book of Amos, a prophet of humble beginnings as a shepherd much like King David proving that one's social rank or monetary wealth are not as important as one's morality and desire to serve. Amos teaches that worship and sacrifice must be accompanied with social justice and righteousness


Then on Sunday, we will gather at the synagogue at 1 pm and then proceed to visit the homebound at assisted living facilities armed with a menorah, candles, latkes, sufganyot, and a song sheet. We'll recite the blessings for the first night of Hanukkah, light the menorah, eat, drink, and sing with the residents. You'll find the words of the song sheets below. Please feel free to add any of your own Hanukkah tunes. We'll have printed copies available for our visitations and for the party. Speaking of which, at 4 pm, we will return to the synagogue for a Hanukkah dinner and party---more music, food, drink, and great company!


Looking forward to sharing this wonderful Shabbat/Hanukkah weekend with you!


Ron Becker

Spiritual Leader

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Traditional blessings over the Hanukkah lights. Recite or sing these blessings as you light the Menorah each night during Hanukkah

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Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b-mitzvotav, v- tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.


Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy through Your commandments, and commands us to light the Hanukkah lights.


Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, she-asah nisim la-avoteinu v-imoteinu ba- yamim ha-heim ba-z’man ha-zeh.


Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in their days at this season.


Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu v-ki’y’manu v-higianu la-z’man ha-zeh.


Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.


MA'OZ TZUR


MAOZ TZUR YESHU'ATI



THE ROCK OF AGES


THE ROCK OF AGES IS MY SALVATION



Ma'oz tzur yeshu'ati,

Lecha na'eh leshabe-ach.


Tikon beit tefilati

Vesham todah nezabe-ach.


Le'eit tachin matbe-ach,

Mitzar ham'nabe-ach


Az egmor beshir mizmor

Chanukat hamizbe-ach


(repeat last two lines)




Rock of Ages, let our song

Praise thy saving power.


You amidst the raging foes

Were our sheltering tower.


Furious, they assailed us,

But your armour veiled us.


And thy word broke their sword

When our own strength failed us.




OH HANUKKAH OH HANUKKAH! ENGLISH AND YIDDISH


Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Come light the menorah

Come to our party

We'll all dance the hora

Gather 'round the table

We'll give you a treat,

Dreidels to play with and latkes to eat


And while we are playing

The candles are burning low

One for each night, they shed a sweet light

To remind us of days long ago

One for each night, they shed a sweet light

To remind us of days long ago


Oy Chanukah oy Chanukah,

A yontif a sheiner,

A lustiker a freylicher

Nito noch a zeyner.


Alle nacht in dreydlech shpiln mir

Zudik hesse latkes essen mir

Geshvinder tsindt kinder

di Chanukah lichtelech on.


Zol yeder bazunder bazingen dem vunder


un tantzen freylech in kohn (2x)


I HAVE A LITTLE DREYDEL


I have a little dreidel

I made it out of clay

And when it's dry and ready


Then, dreidel I shall play


Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

And when it's dry and ready

Then, dreidel I will play


It has a lovely body

With legs so short and thin

And when it gets all tired

It drops and I will win


Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

And when it's dry and ready

Then, dreidel I will play


My dreidel is so playful

It loves to dance and spin

A happy game of dreidel

Come play now, let's begin


Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

And when it's dry and ready

Then, dreidel I will play




SIVIVON


Sivivon, sov, sov, sov

Chanukah, hu chag tov

Chanukah, hu chag tov

Sivivon, sov, sov, sov!


Chag simcha hu la-am

Nes gadol haya sham

Nes gadol haya sham


Chag simcha hu la-am.


LIGHT ONE CANDLE


Light one candle for the Maccabee children

With thanks that their light didn't die

Light one candle for the pain they endured

When their right to exist was denied

Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice

Justice and freedom demand

But light one candle for the wisdom to know

When the peacemaker's time is at hand


Don't let the light go out!

It's lasted for so many years!

Don't let the light go out!

Let it shine through our hope and our tears.


Light one candle for the strength that we need

To never become our own foe

And light one candle for those who are suffering

Pain we learned so long ago

Light one candle for all we believe in

That anger not tear us apart

And light one candle to find us together

With peace as the song in our hearts


Don't let the light go out!

It's lasted for so many years!

Don't let the light go out!

Let it shine through our hope and our tears.


What is the memory that's valued so highly

That we keep it alive in that flame?

What's the commitment to those who have died

That we cry out they've not died in vain?

We have come this far always believing

That justice would somehow prevail

This is the burden, this is the promise

This is why we will not fail!


Don't let the light go out!

Don't let the light go out!

Don't let the light go out!

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