A MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
Virtually every holiday movie we watch has the obligatory scene of a family warmly sitting down to a beautifully honed meal and, before partaking of the bounty set before them, dutifully (and lovingly) reciting Grace; thanking God for that which they are about to eat. In the Jewish tradition, we certainly have the notion of praising God before a meal (indeed before eating anything), but equally important, and perhaps more so, is the Grace after the meal; what we call in Hebrew "Birkhat Ha-Mazon" (literally: "Blessing on Nourishment"). Indeed this prayer, with a sometimes raucously belted melody, is my favorite part of Shabbat and holiday meals.
Parashat Eikev contains the source Text for the requirement that we recite Grace after meals. At Deuteronomy 8:10 it says: "When you have eaten and been satisfied, you will bless the Lord your God for the good Land that He has given you." I have always considered the notion that we bless God after the meal, to be fascinating. Before we eat, it is easy to thank God. We are hungry and want to get to the food. But after the meal is already eaten, once we are satiated, the normal human condition would be to move on to our next activity, or to take a nap. Indeed, how often in our lives do we forget that even the mundane things in our lives, like eating a meal, are blessings from God; miracles to be acknowledged? It would seem that while some find the satisfaction of a meal to be the end-game, in our tradition, the final chorus is a "thanks!" to the One God in Heaven who made the meal possible.
But, interestingly, if one looks at the Birkhat Ha-Mazon, he will find that it is not just about the food. In its entirety, the Jewish Grace After Meals also blesses the land and, specifically, Jerusalem. The requirement to recite it is also, interestingly, not in a "command form". As Dr. Raymond P. Scheindlin, professor, Medieval Hebrew Literature, and director, Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry, JTS, wrote of the Birkhat Ha-Mazon in a Jewish Theological Seminary Torah Commentary in July 2010/Av 5770:
[The][a]ncient rabbis cited [Deuteronomy 8:10] as authority for the obligation of reciting a grace after meals. However, the verse does not seem to speak about a ritual blessing, but rather a spontaneous expression of gratitude; not "When you eat and are satisfied, you must bless the Lord" (implying a commandment) but "When you eat and are satisfied, you will (spontaneously) bless the Lord." Regardless, Moses was not speaking primarily of gratitude for the food. Gratitude for the food, he declares,will lead to gratitude for the Land, and it is for the Land that he envisions the Israelites as giving thanks once they experience its bounty.
Next time each of us eats a meal, even if we do not do the full Birkhat Ha-Mazon, we should make it a point, in some way, to express our gratitude for what we have been given. (For those interested in further study of the Birkhat Ha-Mazon, click here http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/grace.html).
This week in addition to our thanks for the food we have eaten, I would like to offer thanks, in advance, to all who join us for the Coffeehouse this Saturday evening, at 9:00 pm featuring the musical of our very own Carl Steinberg. Carl provided wonderful music for last year's coffeehouse and FUN was had by all. In addition to great music, covers and his own compositions, there will be refreshments including ice cream!! We look forward to seeing you!!
Shabbat Shalom - Rabbi Michael S. Jay
Rabbi Jay will be at his office at the JCC on Mondays and will have office hours from 10:00 AM - Noon. Drop in to chat (call the office to make sure he is in and not out on an emergency 609-492-4090) or make an appointment with him (973-865-9534).
This is also a good time to telephone the rabbi.
KOL HAKAVOD CAMPAIGN
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THE WEEK THAT WAS...
Thank you to Richard Morgan for the lovely program of his poems last Sunday morning. He is a special treasure in our community.
Thank you to Lynn Berkowitz for putting together another successful Bazaar last Wednesday.
To those who worked on the volunteered at the Bazaar
Lynn Berkowitz & Joel
Jackie Avondoglio and Hannah
Bunny Kauffman, Ryan and Herman
Lexa Merson and Nancy
It truly takes a village. Thanks to all.
ONGOING SUMMER ACTIVITIES
EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Fridays from 10:00 - 11:15 PM
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice This course will focus on the general Ethics of our tradition and how that tradition can be applied to issues that have risen historically and today. This class runs for ten weeks. Each class is stand alone, so there is no need to come to all of them. There will be a suggested donation of $5 per class or $40 if you plan on attending all ten classes.
LUNCH & LEARN
with Rabbi Jay
Mondays 12:00 - 1:30 PM
An extended book club using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's book,
Jewish Wisdom: Ethical Spiritual, And Historical
Lessons From the Great Works and Thinkers. Each
class will be stand-alone, so, if you cannot make it to
all of them, you should still come!
Lunch will provided with a suggested donation of $5.
(Used books will be available for purchase for around $10
ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING
Monday, August 14 -
BOOK DISCUSSION: "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure
Friday, August 18 6:00 PM
SHABBAT ON THE BEACH
in Loveladies just south of St. Clare's Church
Sunday, August 20 @ 7:00 PM Documentary
"THERE ARE JEWS HERE"
Latrobe Torahs are brought to the JCC of LBI
"In a touching scene, congregants from Beth Israel Congregation marching under a chuppah escorted the Torah to its new home, where they were told by Rabbi Michael Jay that "your congregation will be connected with our congregation forever."
WOMEN'S ROSH CHODESH
at the home of Ruth Miller, 321 Beach Plum Drive, Loveladies.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Call the synagogue office at 609-492-4090.
Saturday, August 26 @ 8:45 PM Sunday, August 27 @
From the stages of Broadway, where he played the pivotal role of Jean
Valjean in Les Miserables, to packed arenas on tour with the Gold/Platinum
selling rock-symphonic band, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bart Shatto has
delighted audiences with his magnificent talents. Shatto's name may be
familiar to LBI regulars as he has also performed multiple memorable times at
the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven in Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde.
He has also had the privilege of performing at such distinguished venues as
Carnegie Hall and at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. for President
General Admission $45; Reserved seating $70
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
8/11 - 8/18
10:00 - 11:15 AM
followed by Coffee House with Carl Steinberg
Daven on the Beach @24th Street
Annual Membership Meeting
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Jay
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Sisterhood Book Group
10:00 - 11:15 AM
(So. Ocean County NJ)
HERE IS A CALENDAR OF ALL CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
ON LBI FOR 5778
JOIN US FOR SERVICES
August 11, 2017
Special Service created by
"It Couldn't Be JOY
Without a Little Oy"
Saturday, August 12, 2017
(Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25)
Here is the Parshah
Here is the Haftorah:
with the music of Carl Steinberg
Daven on the Beach at 24th Street
SPECIAL SHABBAT SERVICES
Please help us create a special atmosphere by not using electronic devices (phones, cameras, games etc) in or around the synagogue on Shabbat
and Holidays. No food or drink is permitted in the sanctuary.
FOR NEXT WEEK
These names will be read at services on August 11, 2017
Adam Marc Kreiger*
* Yahrzeit Plaque - These names are lovingly enshrined on our synagogue memorial boards.
JAY & NINA PREMSELAAR
on the loss of Jay's father
a Holocaust survivor.
If anyone wishes to make a donation they can contact the Anne Frank Society for Mutual Respect.
"May God remember forever our dear ones who have gone to their eternal rest. May they be at one with the One who is life eternal. May the beauty of their lives shine for evermore, and may our lives always bring honor to their memory."
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*Printed acknowledgement on the food table, in
the Shabbat Reminder email and in the Shabbat program
*Verbal, public acknowledgement from the bimah during services.
Men's Club Reorganization Meeting
Sunday, September 17, 2017
at 10:00 am
Steering Committee members and
potential new members are invited to attend
SISTERHOOD WRAP UP MEETING
Tuesday, August 22
and Share the Joy of Shabbat!
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MORRIS L. SHAPIRO ENDOWMENT FUND
All organizations should have a substantial endowment fund to ensure its continuation. Except for dire emergencies, the principal amounts in the fund cannot be used to run the organization. Interest earned from the account may be used. As previously announced, Herb and Selma Shapiro have created a JCC Endowment Fund to honor Herb's father. It will be known as "The Morris L. Shapiro Endowment Fund at the JCC of LBI " The Shapiros have generously pledged a total of $50,000 to fund this. While initially established by the Shapiros, anyone may contribute to this important fund.
Join Herb and Selma in helping assure the continuity of our JCC, and our ability to continue providing a full-service congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area. All members are encouraged to help this important effort by contributing to this Fund.
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Space is available for memorial plaques on the yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary. Here is the order form:
TREE OF LIFE (located in the Social Hall)
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If you want to have a paver(s) installed by the High Holidays, your order must be in by August 1. The next time pavers will be installed is the Spring of 2018.
Only 4 x 8 and 12 x 12 size pavers are available
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