Shabbat Emor
April 30 & May 1, 2021

Last Year's Pre-Shabbat Video Message for Lag BaOmer
Rabbi Baum's Weekly Message
Lag BaOmer - the 33rd Day of the Omer

Although it was not my first Shabbat back in person during this pandemic, reading Torah with others, and singing out loud, was very emotional and incredibly moving. Thank you again, to everyone in our congregation, from our staff to our lay leadership, to those who came both in person and on Zoom, for the start of a new beginning.

Rashi, the famous medieval Biblical and Talmudic commentator, coined a phrase, "All beginnings are difficult," which I feel speaks to this moment. Tonight is Lag BaOmer (the 33rd day of the Omer). It is a time of celebration in the midst of the semi-mourning period of the Omer. We celebrate because the plague that took the lives of Rabbi Akiva's students ended. But it is also the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who was one of Rabbi Akiva's students. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is best known as the rabbi who wrote the Kaballah, the book of Jewish Mysticism. He is also known for a story in the Talmud. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, and his son Rabbi Elazar, had to hide in a cave to flee from Roman authorities who were occupying the land of Israel during the second Temple period. After twelve years in the cave, they emerged and they saw a farmer tilling his fields. They became enraged at seeing this farmer who was only concerned with the regular aspects of the world, and seemingly not Torah. The Talmud records that their eyes started burning and immediately burned everything they saw. The voice of God suddenly spoke to them and said, "Did you go out to destroy my world? Return to your cave!" They returned for another year and came out more understanding of the new world they laid their eyes on. I could not help but think about how we view the world as we begin to come out of the pandemic.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enjoy parts of the pre-pandemic world, including having a maskless meal with friends and family who are also vaccinated. But the world we see today is different. We cannot go back to 'normal' yet, or else we might destroy the world. It doesn't mean we have to 'enter the cave' again, but it means looking at the world with fresh eyes. All beginnings are difficult, but as we learn how to walk again in this new world, we can appreciate the beauty and holiness of these moments.

I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and look forward to seeing more of you 'out of the cave'!

Rabbi David Baum
Rabbi Baum's Book Talk with Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Click below to watch a recording of my conversation with Rabbi Menachem Creditor about his new book, A Rabbi's Heart. Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation New York. You can learn more about Rabbi Creditor through his website:

Topics include transitions, gun violence and Judaism, speaking about Israel from Berkely to New York City, and religious expression during the pandemic.
Friday Morning Minyan and Pirkei Avot/
The Ethics of Our Fathers Class Led by Rabbi Baum
Friday, April 30, 2021
8:30 AM ET
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Friday, April 30, 2021
6:15 PM ET
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Mazal Tov
Evelyn Soroka-Quiroz
on becoming a
Bat Mitzvah
Parashat Emor
Saturday, May 1, 9:30-11:45 AM ET

Mazal Tov to Evelyn Soroka-Quiroz on becoming a Bat Mitzvah

Harvey Gitel - Leviticus 22:17-22:20
Rabbi Elaine Schnee - Leviticus 22:21-22:25
Rabbi Elaine Schnee - Leviticus - 22:26-22:33
Fred Berkowitz - Leviticus 23:1-23:3
Fred Berkowitz - Leviticus 23:4-23:8
Fred Berkowitz - Leviticus 23:9-23:14
Fred Berkowitz - Leviticus 23:15-23:22
Fred Berkowitz - Leviticus 23:19-23:22
Evelyn Soroka-Quiroz – Haftarah Ezekiel 44:15-44:31
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Congregation Shaarei Kodesh and
B'nai Torah Congregation

Combined Weekly Morning Minyan
Rabbi Baum will lead weekday Shacharit for our combined congregations
Every Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM
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By phone: (929) 205-6099 | Meeting ID: 570 477 057 | Password: 601971

Virtual L’ Chaim Sponsors
Patty & Matt Weiss in honor of all the Torah & Haftarah Readers

Kemach Torah Nadiv Sponsors 5781
Rachel & Alexander Baum
Nan Berkowitz
Sue & Ben Eisenberg
Judi & Lewis Fogel
Diane & Robert Salamon
Susan & Lewis Witonsky