M'KOR MAIL
July 10, 2019
The words: "On the seventh day God finished His work," seem to be a puzzle. We would surely expect the Torah to tell us that on the sixth day God finished His work. Obviously, the ancient rabbis concluded, there was an act of creation on the seventh day. Just as heaven and earth were created in six days, menuha (rest) was created on Shabbat.  
[Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel]

This week, we have the opportunity to welcome Shabbat and end Shabbat together. Friday evening, our Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6:30 pm in the Chapel. Friday evening, around the country, hundreds of gatherings will be taking place for "Lights for Liberty" - a nationwide movement to bring awareness and action to the treatment of immigrants at the border and the horrendous conditions of the centers where migrant children are being held. During our Kabbalat Shabbat service, we will share in special prayers, songs, and the lighting of a candle as a reminder of our own responsibility to uphold the teachings and values of Judaism: "You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress them, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Exodus 22:20). And, "The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love them as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Leviticus 19:34).

Shabbat morning, I will be leading our Torah Study session beginning at 10:00 am. And Saturday evening is our annual M'kor at the Shore event! Come celebrate Havdalah and enjoy dessert on the bay with your M'kor Shalom community at the Margate home of our wonderful hosts, Steve and Rolane Sunshine. We will begin our Havdalah service at 8:00 pm.

Havdalah means "separation," and it is multi-sensory ritual which defines the distinctions God created "between the sacred and the everyday." Havdalah reminds us of the holiness of Shabbat and, at the same time, helps us connect Shabbat with the rest of the week, so that the "ordinary" days in between Shabbatot can be filled with moments of transcendence and sacredness as well. While Havdalah does separate Shabbat from the week, it also blurs the boundaries, reminding us to take the sense of beauty, awe, and rest we find on Shabbat with us into the days ahead. It is a beautiful ceremony - as we use wine, spices, a large braided candle, and song to gently comfort our souls as Shabbat departs. And "M'kor at the Shore" is a wonderful chance to see friends that we haven't seen over the summer (and to make new ones!). It is one of those not-to-be-missed "M'kor Moments" in the making!
 
L'shalom,
 
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel


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In This Message
THE WEEK AHEAD
Friday, July 12  
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)  
Join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.  
 
Saturday, July 13       
10:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)
8:00 pm M'kor at the Shore (Margate, NJ) 
8:30 pm Kesher Club Summer Social (Off-site) 
   
Monday, July 15
7:00 pm Communications Committee Meeting (Boardroom)
 
Wednesday, July 17
11:30 am Book Schmooze: Promised Land (Chapel)
7:30 pm Board of Trustees Meeting (Oneg Room) 
 
Friday, July 19   
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)
Join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.  
UPCOMING EVENTS:
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Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm (Off-site)

Peace. Love. Barbeque.
Wednesday, August 14, 5:00 pm

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Michelle Bross
Executive Director
Congregation M'kor Shalom
850 Evesham Road
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