SHABBAT SHALOM
Shabbat Shirah/Beshalach
January 14-15, 2022 - 13 Shevat 5782
OFFICE HOURS
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THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17,
IN OBSERVANCE OF MLK DAY.
YARTZEIT MINYAN REQUEST
From Marty Radnor for his father, Fred
In-person and on Zoom
Sunday, January 16 at 9:00AM
(PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED DAY AND TIME)
Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129     Passcode: 910086

In this week's parashah, we read about the miracle at the Sea of Reeds where the children of Israel walk through the sea as it splits. The midrash says that Nachshon Ben Aminadav was the first person who jumped in before the sea split. His act of faith led to the splitting, but I found this line in Sotah (Talmud) which was interesting: 

Rabbi Judah said to [Rabbi Meir] This is not what happened, rather, this [tribe] said, "I will not be the first to go down to the sea," and this one said, "I will not be the first to go down to the sea." Then Nachshon ben Aminadav sprang forward and went down first to the sea, as it is said, "Ephraim encompasses me with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit, but Judah rules with God. (Hosea 12:1) Concerning him, it is stated in Scripture, "Save me, O God, for the waters have come into my soul, I sink in deep mire where there is no standing, etc. (Psalm 60:2) Let not the water overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up, etc. (Psalm 60:16)" 

I found it fascinating that Nachshon, who was this man of faith, had some doubts! He fears drowning and asks God not to let the water overwhelm him, or the deep swallow him up. I thought about how we view the heroes of the world, those who take bold steps. I don't think any of them are fearless - that's not what faith is. 

Faith, or Emunah, was embedded into the DNA of Judaism in various ways, but perhaps the clearest example can be found in the Shmittah year. In both Leviticus and Deuteronomy, we learn about the Shmittah or Sabbatical year when our ancestors had to let the land lie fallow, and could not engage in agricultural activities like including plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting. Any fruits and vegetables that did grow were ownerless and even if it was on your land, anyone had the ability to eat from it. 

There is no greater show of faith than allowing the means of production to be taken out of your hands and placed into to domain of G!d. 

Rabbi David Wolpe distinguishes between swimming and floating. Swimming involves using hands and feet, sometimes vigorously, to withstand the currents and move forward. Floating takes less effort, but more trust. It involves believing in the capacity of water to keep one buoyant. This teaching, “Floating Takes Faith” became the title of one of his books. It does not mean that we aren’t fearful, that we do not harbor some doubts, but our faith helps us overcome these feelings of pessimism toward the future. 

On Sunday night, we will begin the holiday of Tu Bishvat, the 15th of Shevat, which is considered the birthday of the trees. We hope you can join us for a special program from Israel Sunday morning where we will have a Tu Bishvat Seder and also learn about the Shmittah year, which happens to be this year. The Shmittah year is a reminder of the faith we have in our collective future, whether we are living inside the land or outside of the land. Click here to learn more and to RSVP!

This Shabbat Shirah, we will hear Talia Blue, our Bat Mitzvah, chant the Song at the Sea, which is an incredible accomplishment! After services, Talia and her father Phillip will complete their study of the entire Tanach and we will hold a special siyyum to mark this incredible accomplishment. As we see a new generation take bold steps into the future, we are reminded of the faith of Nachshon Ben Aminadav, who, despite his fears, took the plunge necessary for our people to continue, and our ancestors who let the land lie fallow, putting their faith in G!d and each other. 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom! 
Torah from the Past from Rabbi Baum

I wanted to share a sermon I gave inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope you can join me as we celebrate Dr. King's legacy through the City of Boca Raton and the Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association's program on Monday, January 17.

Post Powerball - How Should We Dream? MLK Jr. Weekend...

Post Powerball - How Should We Dream? MLK Jr. Weekend 2016 and Parashat Bo 5776 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh I tried my hardest to stay up on Wednesday night, until 10:59 pm, but I just couldn't do it. But boy did I dream!

Read more
rabbidavidbaum.blogspot.com
Please visit https://www.myboca.us/1468/MLK-Jr-Day for more details
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"JEWRY" DUTY INVITATION!
THIS WILL BEGIN AS SOON AS WE FEEL IT IS SAFE TO RESUME IN-PERSON SERVICES.
FRIDAY MORNING MINYAN
On Zoom

January 14, 2022 at 8:00AM

Join us this Friday for Morning Minyan followed by our new weekly class led by Rabbi Baum. During our new course, we will study two of the most underread, but arguably most relevant, books of the Tanach: Ezra and Nehemiah. These two books focus on how Judaism evolved after our ancestors returned to Israel after the first exile. The books tackle issues such as assimilation and intermarriage, internal and external politics, the importance of Torah as our center, and more
KABBALAT SHABBAT/MAARIV
LED BY RABBI BAUM
Friday, January 14, 2022
6:15 PM ET

On Zoom Only
Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129 Passcode: 910086 +13126266799,,88200653129#,,,,,,
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES
Shabbat Beshalach

Saturday, January 15, 2022
9:30 AM ET

In-Person and on Zoom

Mazel Tov
Talia Blue
on becoming a Bat Mitzvah!
Talia Blue - Exodus 14:26-15:21 (Shirat HaYam)
Talia Blue- Exodus 15:22-15:26
Matt Weiss - Exodus 15:27-16:10
Matt Weiss - Exodus 16:11-16:27
Matt Weiss - Exodus 16:28-16:36
Phillip Blue - Exodus 17:1-17:7
Talia Blue - Exodus 17:8-17:16
Talia Blue - Exodus 17:14-17:16 Maftir
Talia Blue - Haftarah - Judges 5:1-5:31
Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129 Passcode: 910086 +13126266799,,88200653129#,,,,,,
  • This Saturday, January 15, we will celebrate with the Blue Family as Talia becomes a Bat Mitzvah. Shabbat morning services will be in person. The family is expecting over 100 guests and a few of the children that will be in attendance are too young to be vaccinated. Our CSK family is welcome to attend. If you would like to attend the celebration Kiddush Brunch following the service (outside, weather permitting), please email Talia's proud grandmother, Nan Berkowitz to RSVP: nanb1247@yahoo.com
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KEMACH TORAH NADIV SPONSORS 5782
Alexander & Rachel Baum
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Stacie & Jeff Brody
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