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For This Week of July 31st, 2020


A Note From Rabbi Raina Siroty


For the past 24 hours, Jews around the world have been observing the saddest day of the Jewish year, Tisha B’av. This day is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, both in 586 BCE and 70 CE. Later on in our history, many more tragedies happened on this day, including the expulsion of England’s Jews in 1290 and the expulsion of all Jews from Spain in 1492.

Even as we, as Jewish people mourn, there is an element of joy and comfort. Indeed, the reading of Lamentations concludes with the verse, “Restore us to You, O Adonai, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old.” the very words recited when we put the Torah away and close the curtains of the ark.

I wanted to share this poem with you in remembrance of this solemn day, with the hope of a better tomorrow.

A poem by Ovadya ben Malka

A long sorrow follows us into the future.
A sadness long foretold
Baked into loaves
Laid out under the lamps
Of unforgiving time
Meeting our questions with silence.
A great joy lives in our future
A seed planted in the soil of memory,
Watered by our tears
Pushing roots into the past and green shoots into the future
And calling to us: Live!
Only live to see me blossom!
A blessing and a curse were laid on us that day.
We have drunk our fill of the curse,
Lived it through every dark and empty moment of chaos,
Sought unattainable death amidst a sea of corpses.
However large or small a bowl one brings,
This curse fills it.
A curse and a blessing were laid on us that day.
Having lived the curse,
Can we doubt the blessing?
We’ve felt the change, stirring beneath the spiral coil of time,
See the green shoots of hope blossoming in our land renewed.
However large or small a seed we plant,
This blessing fills it.

May God bless you and keep you safe. Wear your masks and social distance and keep out of the blazing heat. I look forward to seeing you at Shabbat at 6pm tomorrow.
 
I am here for you by phone 310 800-4243, text and email. Feel free to call me.


L’Shalom,

Rabbi Raina





SHABBAT SERVICE
FRIDAY July 31at at 6pm via ZOOM
from the Sanctuary

We will be having Shabbat services again on Zoom this Friday night at 6pm. 




Rabbi Raina Siroty is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Shabbat Service

Friday July 31st at 6PM Central


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 
Happy Birthday
to our President, July 31st
This Week's Torah Portion


Va-et'chanan I [Moses] Pleaded with the Eternal 
Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

I pleaded with the Eternal at that time, saying, "O Eternal God, You who let Your servant see the first works of Your greatness and Your mighty hand, You whose powerful deeds no god in heaven or on earth can equal! Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country, and the Lebanon." - Deuteronomy 3:23-25


Summary:

  • Moses pleads with God to let him enter the Land of Israel with the people, but God once more refuses his request. (3:23–28)

  • Moses orders the Children of Israel to pay attention and follow the laws given by God in order to be worthy of the land they are about to receive. (4:1–40)

  • Specific areas of the land are set aside to serve as cities of refuge. (4:41–43)

  • The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God’s commandments. (5:1–30)

  • Moses speaks the words of the Sh’ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God’s laws and ordinances. (6:1–25)

  • Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel. (7:1–11)




Our Congregation Remembers

 

WEEK ENDING AUGUST 1

Jerry Hanaw
Geoffrey Bergman
 
*Herman Stern
*Solomon B. Pressburg
Henry Roos, Jr.
*Rosa Rosenthal Pincus
*Erna Weill Lampert
Florian Levy
Rose Gehr Simon
David Weil
*Birdie Higgins
*Dr. Ben Fendler
James Russell
Jacqueline Caplan
*Jacob Bernard Michel
*Blanca Weil Casper
Abraham Schlinsky 
Leah Lavigne
Joe Pasternack, Sr.

*A light will burn on our bronze Memorial board

May their memories be for a blessing


MI SHEBEIRACH
OUR COMMUNITY PRAYS
FOR THE HEALING OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

All those infected and affected by Coronavirus, and


Robert Banta
Kristine Baum
Phyllis Berenhaus
Mary Beth Caplan
Nathan Dayan
Mariah Fine
Doris Greene
Harry Gross
Susan Israel
Viola Johnson
Sara Kerr
George LeRay
Ron Lubritz
Jamie Mykoff
Harry Silver
Deborah Taylor
John Texada
Please visit our website section 'HEALING PRAYERS' linked below for the prayer for healing, Mi Shebeirach as recorded by our Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty. https://www.jewishtemple.org/healing-prayers

*If anyone knows of someone who is in need of a Mi Shebeirach prayer, please email the rabbi and she will mention their name in our bulletin, as well as at Friday night services. Their names will continue to be mentioned and listed until it is requested that their name be removed.


ZOOM COFFEE WITH RABBI RAINA
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5th at 10am

Raina Siroty is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Coffee with the Rabbi

Wednesday August 5th at 10am Central

Join Zoom Meeting 


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 

Graeber B. Kirzner • July 3
Gabriel Forest Siroty • July 5
Judy Heyman • July 8
Anne Levy • July 8
Pam Rubin • July 9
Ben Weil • July 11
Helen Caletka • July 14
Viola Jonson • July 14
Bob Kress • July 14
Lee Rubin  • July 21
Peter Kastl • July 25
Edwina Friedman • July 29
Michael Bindursky  • July 31



Mariah & George Fine • July 20
Cindy & Michael Hilger • July 27


OUR TREE OF LIFE



A leaf on our Tree of Life is a wonderful way to honor family and friends.

  BIRTHDAYS-BAT/BAR MITZVAHS-ANNIVERSARIES-BABY NAMINGS-SPECIAL LIFE EVENTS

A leaf is $150.00 and can be given by one or more people. 

  Contact: Kim Bindursky
  318 613-1647  


 krb@bestmetalrecyclers.com

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Thank you,

Rabbi Raina Siroty
Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim | Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty | 318.445.3655