A TORAH MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
Parashat Pekudei is the last portion in the Book of Exodus. The book begins with an accounting of the 70 souls that entered Egypt before slavery, segues into the beginning of Israelite slavery, introduces us to Moses, switches to God redeeming the Israelites from slavery, highlights God's revelation at Mount Sinai, and concludes with the building of the Mishkan, God's portable home for the 40 years that the Children of Israel wandered in the desert.
The Torah tells us that when God's cloud raised up from the Mishkan, the Israelites would journey. When it rested on the Mishkan they would settle. Apart from being a beacon of sorts, the Mishkan is an important symbol for the Israelites. It told them that God could be present wherever the Israelites physically were.
I think that more importantly, the Mishkan helped the Israelites to realize that God was not just present physically, but that the Deity could be wherever the Israelites were mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A mobile God is a God that can be met wherever you happen to be.
As Abraham Joshua Heschel explained, humanity searches for God at the same time as God searches for humanity. Both lonely, both in need of companionship, both in need of answers, and both with a story to complete.
At the end of each book of the Torah we chant Chazak, Chazak, V'nischazeik - Be Strong! Be Strong! And May We Be Strengthened. As we end the Book of Exodus, with the Israelites and God wandering together, it could be read as follows: "Be strong Israel! Be Strong God! And may we (Israel and God) be strengthened together".
As Governor Brendan Byrne might have said: "Israel and God, Perfect together!"
A FEW PROGRAMMING NOTES:
Last week our community was strengthened as 30 of us gathered for a Shabbat Dinner, joining thousands of Jews across North America for "Shabbat Across America". We sang, ate, prayed, learned, and schmoozed. What a wonderful way to spend a Friday night.
Join the JCC on Wednesday, March 20th, at 6:00 pm, as we have Pizza, Pasta, and Purim. We will read the Megillah, make noise, and learn about the other Mitzvoth of Purim. We give Gift baskets of Food to our friends and charity to those in need. And of course, the most important mitzvah of Purim is to be happy!
Finally don't forget to join us for Shabbat dinner at 6:00 pm, on Friday April 5th!
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
KOL HAKAVOD CAMPAIGN
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THE WEEK THAT WAS...
Shabbat Dinner last Friday evening was again a big hit with 25 people at the JCC for dinner and/or services. This has been a wonderful way to greet Shabbos this winter. Thanks to Rabbi Jay and all those who have helped.
Next dinner April 5. Watch for details.
IT'S TIME TO BAKE HAMENTASHEN
Where Do Hamantaschen Come From?
There is a German dessert called mohntaschen, which translates to "poppy pockets." Hamantaschen is a portmanteau of "Haman," the name of the villain of the Book of Esther, nd mohntaschen. This is also why poppyseed is the classic filling of hamantaschen.
The iconic three-cornered shape of the cookie is said to represent Haman's ears. The Hebrew for hamantaschen is oznei Haman, which means "Haman's ears." Hamantaschen can be savory or sweet, filled with just about anything.
HAMENTASHEN DOUGH (PAREVE)
Makes 3 to 4 Dozen Hamantaschen
2 sticks unsalted pareve margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of 1/4 of a large orange
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
Filling of your choice, canned or homemade
1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water for glaze
POP[Y SEED (MOHN) FILLING
- Cream the margarine and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest, and mix until light and fluffy.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a 1-quart bowl. Add half the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and stir until almost incorporated. Add half the orange juice and combine.
- Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and the remaining orange juice until a soft, smooth dough is formed. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes or longer before rolling out.
- Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured board, and cut into 2 1/2-inch circles.
- Place 1 scant teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Shape into triangles by using your thumbs to push up from the bottom of the circle and your forefingers to pull down from the top sides. Pinch the top seams of the dough well to securely enclose almost all of the filling. A little should peek through the top of the opening.
- Combine the remaining egg with the 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the egg wash on the tops of the hamantaschen.
- Bake at 350°F on parchment-lined cookie sheets for 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
1 cup ground poppy seeds (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
You can also fill with various jellies or jams.
- Place the poppy seeds in a 1-quart bowl, and pour boiling water over to 1 inch above the seeds. Set aside for 15 minutes and drain thoroughly.
- Place the poppy seeds, sugar, honey, lemon zest, raisins, and vanilla in a processor work bowl. Process until well ground.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the finely chopped walnuts. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
OR EVEN BETTER YET
COME AND BAKE HAMENTASHEN WITH THE RABBI ON SUNDAY, MARCH 17 AT 10 AM
AT THE JCC KITCHEN.
The women of BethAm Shalom and Congregation Sha'arey Ha-Yam cordially invite the ladies of the JCC of LBI to join them for the third annual Miriam's Seder on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 PM at BETH AM SHALOM, 1235 NJ-70, LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701.
For further information feel free to reach out to Fran Gimpel at 732-657-7120.
See the attached flyer for details: MIRIAM'S SEDER
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NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
3/8/19 - 3/15/19
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March 8, 2019
JOIN US FOR SERVICES
March 8, 2019
Gender Fluidity in our Tradition
March 9, 2019
(Exodus 38:21 - 40:38)
I Kings 7L51 - 8:21
Please help us create a special atmosphere by not using electronic devices (phones, cameras, games etc) in or around the synagogue on Shabbat
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YAHRZEITS FOR NEXT WEEK
These names will be read at services on March 8, 2019
Frank John Lamagna
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March 17, 10 am
Pizza, Pasta, and Purim.
Dinner with an
of the Megillah to follow.
Dinner will be: $10.00 per person, $20.00 per family
Come in a costume and get a prize!!!
It is a fun Mitzvah
to hear the Megillah!
Contact the office
to make a reservation
or click on this link
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Interactive Seder led by Rabbi Michael Jay
Children 13 - 18
Children under 13
free of charge
Contact the JCC Office to make your reservation
or click on this link
If you can help with the set up. contact Irene Babst, Seder Coordinator
or click on this link
SHEILA & HARRIS WEISEL
on the bat mitzvah
of their granddaughter
March 30, 2019
on the passing of her brother Robert G. Muscente
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