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Shabbat and Candle Lighting  
for Friday, February 19, 2021 / 8 Adar 5781
 Light Shabbat candles at 5:59 p.m.
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Dear Congregation Kehillah and Friends,

"They shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell amidst them" (Exodus 25:8). The verse does not say, "and I will dwell within it," but "and I will dwell within them" -- within each and every one of them. (Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz, 1565-1630)
Parashat Terumah contains a blueprint for the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary that our ancestors were instructed to build. Lots of detailed instruction! One question is: where can we find God among all of these details? 
The work itself as well as the decorations and adornments were funded by the people who freely gave more than what was asked. What brought the Holy Presence of God into that space, that tent in the desert, was that everyone participated somehow with money, with handiwork, but also with their hearts. It was the collective sharing of hearts and souls that caused God's presence (the Shechina) to live among the people and within every one.  
Still is!

The Shabbat before Purim is known as "Shabbat Zachor" (the Shabbat of Remembering) that takes its name from an additional Torah reading (Deuteronomy 25: 17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil (of Amalek....Haman was a descendent....they preyed upon the weak and powerless among our people and attacked from behind) and work towards removing such evil from the earth. In some rabbinic understandings, Amalek is also the insidious force/voice that causes us to doubt ourselves, the voice that preys on our weakness and distracts us from our true mission in life, the voice that says 'no you can't' when in reality, 'yes you can!' 

 A kavannah  for Shabbat Terumah
As I light the Shabbat candles this week, may my mind and heart be open and aware of the many gifts I have received - but also of the many gifts I am capable of sharing. And may I do so, because 'yes, I can!'  

Looking forward to seeing you for our Purim celebration NEXT Thursday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, featuring a concert with Scott Leader. 
Rabbi and other congregational thespians will creatively tell the story of Purim.
For more information, click here.

Our next Kabbalat Shabbat is Friday, February 26th at 5:30 p.m. and again on
Friday, March 5th.  Note that this is two weeks in a row....... More Shabbat together = more joy!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Sharfman  
Congregation Kehillah
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