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Shabbat and Candle Lighting
for Friday, July 6, 2018 / 24 Tammuz 5778

Light Shabbat candles at 7:23 p.m  
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Dear Co ngregation Kehillah and Friends,
Rabbi Sharfman
Parashat Pinchas* describes Moses' preparations for transferring the mantle of leadership to Joshua. Moses ordained Joshua by laying his hand on Joshua's head publicly, much the same way as a rabbi is ordained today. A small but important segment of this parasha focuses on the daughters of Zelopchad. The daughters successfully petitioned for the right to inherit their father's property, setting a precedent for women inheriting property, which was then transferred to them in trusteeship for their yet unborn sons. The inheritance they sought was not only about property! They pleaded : let our father's name not be lost... just because he has no son...    
A kavannah for candle lighting on Shabbat Pinchas:

Please help me to discern my essential identity and value the precious inheritance that is mine as a Jew. May I be privileged to pass that inheritance on to future generations.
*So, who was Pinchas? Pinchas was a kohen/a priest, grandson of Aaron, son of Elazar, both High Priests during the time of the wandering in the desert. Pinchas committed a horrendous act of zealotry for a cause in which he strongly believed. The story is a very difficult one to understand. How can one be rewarded for a heroic act that his descendants are asked never to emulate? Rabbi Yossi Goldman invited us to consider: what is your bottom line/what do you feel so passionate about that it would move you to take a stand?   

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman  
Congregation Kehillah
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