Shabbat and Candlelighting 
for Friday, October 7, 2022 / 13 Tishri 5783

 Light Shabbat candles at 5:46 p.m.
Dear Congregation Kehillah and Friends,

This week's parasha is Ha'azinu, mostly a poem that Moses shared with our people on the last day of his life. Of the many lessons he offered, one that resonates most with me is an idea embedded in his teaching: words that come from the heart enter the heart.... 

A kavannah for candle lighting Shabbat Ha'azinu:
May my intentions of love and forgiveness find expression in the words I speak to my family, friends and associates; may they emanate from my heart and find their way into the hearts of others.  

Just having completed the High Holy Days, it's time to actualize our good intentions.
And...just having completed the High Holy Days journey, it is now time to celebrate! 

Sukkot starts Sunday night. Communal celebration on Sukkot marks the completion of the cycle of the Tishrei holy days, moving from introspection to implementation of teshuva and our good intentions = joy! Congregation Kehillah members are invited to the sukkah (October 9 - October 16). The Chasidic rebbes teach that what we accomplish on the High Holy Days through our introspection and fasting and tears, we can accomplish on Sukkot and Simchat Torah with celebration! 

And, for some Sukkot ends Sunday the 16th at sunset and Simchat Torah begins then and ends sunset on Monday the 17th; for the rest of the Jewish world, Sukkot ends at sunset on Monday the 17th  with Simchat Torah starting then and ending on Tuesday the 18th at sunset. More about this in next week's candle lighting reminder.
I look forward to sharing a joyous Sukkot with you! Candle lighting on Sunday is 5:44 p.m.

Shabbat Shalom,  

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman

Dear Ones,
The National Council of Jewish Women has been taking the lead both nationally and locally with initiatives fighting the deplorable enactment of legislation against reproductive rights and religious liberty. 

I have been called upon as a rabbi to organize a brief media event with clergy and congregants. It will be on Friday at 9:30 am  at the small park on 56thStreet just north of Greenway Rd. There is easy entrance from 56th Street into the parking lot (police station is to the right.)
This is essentially a press conference with a visual. Clergy from different religions and denominations will offer informal blessings for healing for and support for those whose lives and wellness are being threatened (including medical personnel). Our circle should last about 15 minutes.

Please understand that this is not a partisan political statement nor is it a statement of my personal opinion about a women’s right to choose. My work comes solidly rooted in Jewish law which, in some cases, demands abortion be available within the Jewish community; this has been the case since the 1700’s. The current law in Arizona (or the proposed 15-week ban) would make medical interventions unavailable to women who might later develop conditions such as pre-eclampsia, later term miscarriage, etc). We must ensure that no one’s religion’s beliefs be enshrined in law that prohibit us from practicing ours.

If it is in your heart to join me, please do so and RSVP to Renee.
Blessings for all good,
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman
Congregation Kehillah
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