Shabbat Beha'alotecha
June 17-18, 2022 - 19 Sivan 5782
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Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,

We had an inspiring Shabbat at Shaarei Kodesh as we welcomed our Chaverim Chadashim, our new congregants/members, who joined our holy community over the last two years of the pandemic. Usually, summer is a slow time in our congregation, and our Shabbat attendance usually reflects that, but we bucked the trend last Shabbat with over 60 congregants present. As I read the list of our Chaverim Chadashim/new members, which reached almost 50 new households, I realized that our community has grown rather than retracted during this pandemic. In so many ways, our experience during Covid went against the stream of other community’s experiences. 

It got me thinking about lines from this week’s parashah that became a part of our Torah service:

In this week’s parashah, Behalotecha, we read a well-known passage, something we read at every Torah service (Numbers 10:35-36):
׆ וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה קוּמָה יְי וְיָפֻצוּ אֹיְבֶיךָ וְיָנֻסוּ מְשַׂנְאֶיךָ מִפָּנֶיךָ׃ 
When the Ark was to set out, Moses would say: Advance, O LORD! May Your enemies be scattered, And may Your foes flee before You! 
וּבְנֻחֹה יֹאמַר שׁוּבָה יְי רִבְבוֹת אַלְפֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ ׆ {פ}
And when it halted, he would say: Return, O LORD, You who are Israel’s myriads of thousands!”

According to the Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah 64:8), this passage is actually a separate book of the Torah because the passage is surrounded by the letter ‘nun’ at the beginning and the end.

What can we learn from this little book? First and foremost, we see the letter ‘nun’ written backward. Nun, in Aramaic (one of our people’s holy languages), is translated as fish, and when I think about fish, I immediately think of Salmon (what’s a bagel without lox!). Something that Jews have in common with Salmon is that we both swim upstream. Salmon swim upstream for a reason. 
James Maclaine, Department of Zoology, National History Museum, London, writes, “The short answer to this is “to spawn”. Salmon are born in freshwater, usually in cool fast-flowing water. They live in the river for about two years before making their way out to sea. After growing considerably in size, they return to the same river where they were born using chemical cues and battle their way upstream to the spawning areas – the idea being that if the area was good enough for them, it will be good enough for their offspring.”

As I think back to the shortest book of the Torah and its message, I see the wisdom of the Salmon, and our tradition. As a Conservative movement congregation, we believe that the world changes and Judaism must, and has always evolved with changing times. At the same time, we realize that our tradition is our home, and perpetuating Judaism, the legacy of our ancestors is part of our DNA, therefore, our task is to conserve Judaism so it can be lived in our time and for our descendants. 
Shaarei Kodesh has always swum upstream. When communities became building obsessed, we focused on our people, cultivating the unique Divine spark within each person. During the pandemic, when many ran away from synagogues, we came back home. 

Thank you for coming home time and time again, for swimming upstream, and for helping us create a truly unique and holy congregation.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi David Baum
Mazal Tov 
Sandy, Aram and Naya Barikian on the birth of their daughter
and little sister - Galia Shae Barikian
Aunt and Uncle Julie and Richard Baum, Dr. Alissa and Rabbi David Baum
Cousins Avi, Harrison, Sammy, Max, and Layla
is on hiatus for the Summer.
Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat Services will be on
hiatus beginning this Friday, June 17.

If you have a yartzeit or a loss in your family
and would like to say Kaddish with a minyan,
please contact the office.
Shabbat Beha'alotecha

Saturday, June 18, 2022
9:30 AM ET

In-Person and on Zoom
Vaccination and Masks Strongly Encouraged but Not Required

Lenny Berkowitz - Numbers 10:35-11:9
Ephraim Samit - Numbers 11:10-11:18
Jack Dembowitz - Numbers 11:19-11:22
Jack Dembowtiz- Numbers 11:23-11:29
Geil Bilu - Numbers 11:30-11:35
Matt Weiss - Numbers 12:1-12:13
Matt Weiss - Numbers 12:14-12:16
Matt Weiss - Numbers 12:14-12:16
Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129 Passcode: 910086

Alexander & Rachel Baum
Nan Berkowitz
Stacie & Jeff Brody
Sue and Ben Eisenberg
Bernard and Ann Grossman
Kol Isha Sisterhood of CSK
Scott Reiter
Judy & Gary Richman
Diane and Robert Salamon

Kiddush Sponsor
Louise & Rochelle Anish and Family as a Thank You to
the CSK Chaverim for making us feel so welcome

Challah/Wine Sponsor
Carol & Lenny Berkowitz in honor of their 60th Wedding Anniversary
*Thank you to Bagel Twins for donating bagels for our Kiddush!
*Please note that ONLY the bagels, bialys, and pocket rolls from Bagel Twins at 5130 Linton Blvd are considered kosher (dairy) and are under the supervision of Rabbi Lester Herring.