November 20-21, 2020
Rabbi Baum's
Weekly Message
Shabbat Toledot

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,

This week, our Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association came together for our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service. I wanted to share the words I presented on Monday today, the 157th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. I told the story of how President Abraham Lincoln was actually the father of the Thanksgiving holiday that we celebrate today, and this fact may be more relevant today than ever. I spoke about how we can re-think the concept of gratitude, and shared the story of Jacob and Esau whom we are introduced to in this week's parashah Toledot.

I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi David Baum

When Brother Fought Brother...And Came Together In Thanksgiving©
(November 19, 2020 - The 157th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address)

Many of us were told the origin story of Thanksgiving in grade school, when the Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to share their bounty and eat a meal together. 

President George Washington indeed created the holiday, but it never really took. Governors of states all set their own Thanksgiving dates, in November and December - no one could get on the same page. 
The true father of the Thanksgiving holiday that we enjoy today as a national holiday was Abraham Lincoln who declared, on October 3, 1863: “I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

It was a day that expanded what gratitude meant. He said it was a day to ask God to take care of the widows, orphans, and mourners as a result of the Civil War that was still raging. He asked all Americans, on this day, to pray to God to heal our wounds, and bring us together. 
On November 19, just seven days before the new national holiday was to be celebrated, President Abraham Lincoln delivered arguably the greatest, and shortest speech, in American history, the Gettysburg address, where he asked the country to recognize a rebirth of freedom. But more than anything, it was a call to unity and healing, on the blood-soaked grounds where brother fought brother. 

The war was still raging, but President Lincoln could see that unity would be victorious - he knew that brothers who fought one another on battlefields would one day sit together at a meal....


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Friday Morning Minyan and Pirkei Avot/
The Ethics of Our Fathers Class Led by Rabbi Baum

Friday, November 20, 8:30 am ET
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Parashat Toldot

Saturday, November 20, 9:30-11:45 am ET

Rebecca Pontillo Genesis 26:23-29
Nachshon Carmi Genesis 26:30-33
Lenny Berkowitz Genesis 26:34-27:4
Matt Weiss Genesis 27:5-13
Elaine Schnee Genesis 27:14-17
Geil Bilu Genesis 27:18-23
Bernie Grossman Genesis 27:24-27
Ernest Blum II Samuel 19:32-40

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Chef Michael Solomonov Virtual Shabbat
Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 7 pm ET

David Solomonov was three days from completing his volunteer military service. It was Yom Kippur 2003, and the Pittsburgh native was looking forward to reconnecting with his brother Michael. They planned to travel together upon his return to the States. They never got that chance.
In his final patrol of the Lebanese border, Hezbollah snipers attacked David’s unit, the Golani Brigade. David Solomonov, 21 years old, was shot and killed.
Michael Solomonov had struggled with addiction since college. After his brother’s death, Michael turned to using crack cocaine and heroin. “I should have died 100 times,” he recalls.
Fifteen years later, Michael won the James Beard Award - America’s most coveted culinary prize. He had built an empire of Israeli cuisine with multiple restaurants and best-selling cookbooks.
National new leadership will be making a special presentation to Michael. 

Attendance is open and free. Participants are encouraged to consider donating an Israel Bond to Friends of the IDF (FIDF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. FIDF is a wonderful organization dedicated to caring for Israel’s soldiers and veterans, including wounded soldiers and families of the fallen.