Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

24 Nisan 5783 -- April 15, 2023

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Last Days of Pesach and Shabbat - Parshat Shmini

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Rabbi's Reflections

-The Miracle of Greatness-

On Shevi’i Shel Pesach (the Seventh Day of Passover), we commemorate the miracle of Kriyat Yam Suf (the Parting of the Sea of Reeds). While numerous Midrashim and Torah commentators describe the various miracles that occurred for our ancestors at the moment they walked through the sea, one in particular stands out. Upon seeing the sea split and the subsequent destruction of the Egyptians, the Torah tells us, “And Israel saw the Great Hand, which the Lord had used upon the Egyptians, and the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in Moshe, His servant” (Shemot 14:31). Why is this a miracle?

According to Rav Yosef Soloveitchik, “In Egypt, God did miracles with a ‘Mighty Hand’ (Yad Chazakah). Why the change in terminology to ‘Great Hand’, (Yad HaGedolah)? The person who witnesses a ‘Mighty Hand’ does not necessarily become greater through the experience. However, through a ‘Great Hand’ the witness himself becomes a greater person. In Egypt, the people did not understand the full significance of the Exodus: they experienced the physical liberation, but the spiritual significance of the event was lost on them…Only at the Red Sea did they see God’s Hand; the Children of Israel experienced prophecy (see Rashi on 15:2). Believing in God and in Moshe His servant, they recognized fully the spiritual significance of the Exodus” (Chomesh Mesurat HaRav, Shemot 14:31). 

This was the hidden miracle of Yam Suf – the people recognized their greatness by seeing the Great Hand of God. All throughout their time in Egypt, they saw God punishing the Egyptians with a Mighty Hand. But that, says the Rav, didn’t really change them or inspire them to realize the greatness of their own spiritual potential, which is what the Exodus was supposed to evince. However, upon seeing the Great Hand of God at the sea, every Jew felt inwardly transformed, they connected with God and with Moshe on a wholly new and different spiritual level, and could refocus their entire experience in Egypt through a spiritual lens. Every Jew could see how important they were, that God wanted a personal relationship with them, and that they could all aspire to levels of spiritual greatness yet unknown. Hence, they all attained prophecy at that moment. 

Our relationships with God should not be based on “seeing what God can do for us,” on how God acts with a Mighty Hand in the world. Rather, we should be constantly striving to see the Great Hand of God, which is revealed to His people to show them that just as He is great, so too are they, and in this way, every Jew can seek to emulate the greatness of God, to walk in His ways and to resemble Him in His kind and loving attributes. 

May the last days of Pesach transform us from a band of oppressed people seeking physical liberation into a noble nation seeking to fulfill its spiritual destiny. Just as God revealed His greatness to us at the Sea of Reeds, now that we have been changed, it is incumbent upon every Jew to reveal that greatness to others, so that they may too feel connected to the Boreh Olam and strive to attain spiritual greatness, bringing about the redemption of us all. 

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Kasher v'Sameach!

  -Rabbi Dan

Schedule of Services at B'nai Abraham

We encourage everyone to daven privately when unable to attend services. Use the private time to connect to Hashem. Public prayer definitely adds to our prayer experience. Yet we also have the capacity to create a profoundly meaningful private experience with the Divine. Let us seek such an experience in the coming days.  


CTI Pesach Schedule 5783

(Last Days)

Tuesday, April 11th  (Erev Chag)

Candle Lighting……No later than 7:37PM


Wednesday, April 12th (7th Day of Pesach)


Children's Services...... 10:30AM

Candle Lighting……After 8:33PM


Thursday, April 13th (8th Day of Pesach)


Children's Services..... 10:30AM

Yizkor……10:30AM (This is approximate, please arrive early)


Maariv/Yom Tov Ends……8:33PM

*Please do not eat any chametz sold through CTI until Rabbi Dan’s email

Friday, April 14th (Erev Shabbat)

Candle Lighting……7:39PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat……7:30PM

Shabbat, April 15th


Children's Services..... 10:30AM


Maariv and Shabbat Ends……8:36PM

Weekday Services




Monday - Friday



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CTI is looking for a man or woman to serve as a backup shmira coordinator for when Larry Smith is out of town of otherwise unavailable. This involves a couple of hours of training to learn how to set up and manage shifts and communicate with the shomrim. Please contact Larry at 512-923-3964 or by email at if you are interested or would like more information.

If you are new to the community and want more information about Austin Shmira, here is a link to their website:

2022 Tax Statements

Statements of 2022 Charitable Donations are being sent on request

only. If you need a statement, please send a request to Larry Smith


Sponsor Kiddush!

Thank you Isaac and Michele Reitberger for sponsoring Kiddush in loving memory of their daughter, Elana Reitberger z"l; Michele's father, Moses Eisenfeld z"l; and Isaac's father, Jules Reitberger z"l and in appreciation to the CTI family for the warm welcome given us during our stay here.

Sponsoring a Kiddush is a lovely way to honor a loved one on their birthday, for an anniversary, to commemorate a Yarhtzeit, or just because you want to help out the community! Please consider sponsoring a Kiddush in April, May or June, and give us the opportunity to thank YOU for kiddush!  

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Torah Classes at CTI!

Take Your Tanakh Series

TYT Tuesday Night - The Book of Isaiah

Tuesday 7:00pm

TYT Wednesday Mornings - The Book of Job

Wednesday 8:15am

For those new to the community, check out this introductory video 
featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 


Elizabeth Temerlin on April 11

Edward Selig on April 12

Rick Goldberg on April 13

Arielle Rosenberg on April 13

Matthew Ross on April 17

Robert Millner on April 20


If you have any birthdays or anniversaries you would like to add,

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Hannah Selig, Mother of Edward Selig, on Wednesday 21 Nissan

Leonard Allen Gaspar, Father of Lauren Greenberg, on Friday 23 Nissan

Abraham Robbins, Father of Reuven Robbins, on Saturday 24 Nissan

Rose Sack, Mother of Marshall Sack, on Saturday 24 Nissan

Esther Fichtner, Grandmother of Eric Shapiro, on Tuesday 27 Nissan

May their souls be bound up in the bond of life.

If you have a Yahrzeit that you would like the congregation to acknowledge, or if you have a correction that needs to be made, please update your profile on our website.


Thank you to our anonymous donors.

Thank you to Gabe Yaffe, Jake Wolfson, Eric Shapiro, Amnon Orent, Offer Shavit, and Paul Marks for their aliyah donations.

Thank you to Jay and Carol Rubin and to Reuven and Rosemary Robbins for their Maot Chitin donations.

Thank you to Pete Janson for his donation to the Chesed Fund.

Thank you to Clay Templeton, Isaac Reitberger, and Samuel Berg for their donations to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund.

We encourage you to use electronic payments by credit card or eCheck through CTI's website at when fulfilling the mitzvah of giving Tzedakah to mark family events and milestones, including Yahrzeits, and in honor of CTI and our community. 


Spiel sponsorships are now available for a donation of $18. Advertise your business or dedicate an issue of the spiel in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a Simcha.

Contact admin for more details. 

Donations can be made via our website at or by sending your check to:

Tiferet Israel P.O. Box 27254, Austin, TX 78755. Please make check payable to Tiferet Israel and please indicate what the donation is for. 

Refuah Shelayma to: 
  • Allene Novy-Portnoy; Hannah Bassa bat Sarah Osnat 
  • Avshalom ben Hannah Bassa
  • Cindy Newman 
  • Janet Goldberg; Shayna Masha bat Chasha Mina
  • Ken Friedman
  • Rebecca Millner; Rivkah bat Shoshana
  • Sheina Ruchel bat Henya Leah
  • Tzvi David ben Rivka Golda
  • Yoel Simcha ben Chaya Risha 
  • Sulta bat Nedgma
  • Zvi Aharon ben Bayla
  • Yaira bat Sarah
  • Tamar bat Chaya
  • Ilana bat Gheita
  • HaRav Avram Meir ben Eli Yosef v'Shira Chanah.
  • Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ha Rav Chaim Alter ben Necha. 
  • Baruch Akiva Ben Rivka
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Rivka Michal bat Sarah Chana
  • Lori Garza 
  • Yisroel Natan ben Sarah
  • Masha Gitil bas Chaya Yita
  • Allen Levinson; Avraham Yitzchak ben Gittel
  • Moshe ben Reizel
  • Sandra Freed
  • David Chapin
  • Shoshana bat Yocheved
  • Miriam bat Rachel v'Mordechai
  • Alta Shoshana bat Shulamit
  • Meir Psachia ben Tziril
  • Geni Berman Abitbol
  • Beilya Golda bat Leah
  • Yosef Yehoshua ben Sarah
  • Jonathan Malawer (Yosef ben Bracha)
  • Bowie Alarcon
  • Fivel ben Sarah HaLevi
  • Adam ben Chanah
  • Rafael ben Sheindal Leah
  • Aharon Asher ben Chaya Naomi
  • Esther Malka Fraida bat Serel Chaya Raiza
  • Kalev Boaz Chai ben Aliza
  • Esther Reva bat Malka
  • Avraham ben Rut
  • Peter Janson, Fievel ben Devorah
  • Sheva Eva bat Bella.
  • Dorit Iken, Dorit Chana bat Orah
  • Moshe ben Rut
  • Shulkah Malka bat Tziporah
  • Chandal bat Basia
  • Shmuel Dovid bat Malka
  • Anthony Ben Devorah
  • Shayna Leah bat Yehudit
  • Reuven ben Shira
  • Batyah bat Sara
  • Akiva ben Sara
  • Jake Wolfson
  • Rachel Tzivia bat Malka

 Wishing all Cholei Yisrael a Refuah Shlayma. 

Dear Tiferet Friends, 

If you placed a name on the Refuah Shelayma list and G-d willing the person is well, 

please let us know. Also, if you have a friend or family member who needs 

prayers for healing, again please let us know at  

Using the CTI Website

Logging in is easy via the login button at the top of the web page. Your login ID is your email address. Once logged in, many of the fields are pre-filled for you, to make it easier and quicker to register for an event or make a donation.

But that's not all! You will also have access to the online Member Directory, the CTI Bylaws, the minutes of Board meetings and the President,Treasurer and Rabbi Reports and other documents, all under the Resources tab. With more coming all the time!

If you have any questions or comments about the website, please contact our webmaster at

Contact Us!

On the web:


Dan Millner: 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 101


Alana Pompa:  

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 102

Vice President:

Sarah Wander 


Chuck Kaufman,


Sarah Church Carroll 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 103


Larry Smith  

Phone: 512-923-3964


Alana Pompa 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 106

Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro

Youth Educator:

Emily Yaffe

Chesed Committee:

Jeanette Brickman

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