Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

6 Shevat 5783 -- January 28, 2023

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Rabbi's Reflections

-From Days to Days: Tending to Our Observance-

In this week’s parsha, Parshat Bo, the Jewish people celebrate their very first Pesach. God commands the people, “Seven days you shall eat matzot, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. Matzot shall be eaten throughout the seven-day period; no chametz may been seen in your possession, nor may leaven be seen in your possession in all your borders. And you shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is on account of this that the Lord did for me when I left Egypt.’ And it will be for you for a sign on your hand and for a remembrance between your eyes, so that the Lord’s Torah may be in your mouth – for with a strong hand the Lord removed you from Egypt. You shall observe this decree at its designated time from days to days” (Shemot 13:6-10). The Talmud in tractate Menachot 36b seeks to understand what the pasuk, “You shall observe this decree at its designated time from days to days,” is referring to. While Rebbe Yossi HaGelili holds that this pasuk is referring to tefillin, Rebbe Akiva maintains that this pasuk is referring to observing Pesach. Rashi agrees with Rebbe Akiva’s view, as do many other classical mefarshim. However, if this pasuk denotes the observance of Pesach, we must ask ourselves, “Why do we need to be commanded to observe it every year? Don’t we know that this rite must be observed annually, as it says, ‘from days to days,’” which, as Rashi notes, means, “from year to year?” (Rashi on Shemot 13:10). To help answer this question, I would like to turn to the words of Rav Naftali Tzvi Yehudah Berlin, also known as the Netziv, who writes: “Do not think that a person only needs to work at the beginning of his or her life in order to implant seeds of faith within their souls, and that after their faith has been implanted, they no longer need to work at it. For this reason the Torah cautions us, ‘You shall observe this decree at its designated time from days to days.’ Just as this mitzvah was meant to be meticulously observed in the past, so too it must be carefully observed in the future and for all time…” (HaEmek Davar, Shemot). Faith takes a lot of work because faith is not an event; it is a process which requires constant attention and exercise, like a delicate flower which has blossomed but which requires constant care in order to ensure its vitality, strength and beauty. It is very easy to fall into the inviting trap of routine, especially when it comes to our observance of mitzvot. However, our challenge is to be vigilant and thoughtful in our observances so that each day can be viewed as a new day, and that each mitzah, no matter how light or how heavy, can be viewed as a new opportunity to grow closer to our Creator, as Rashi writes, “the words of Torah should be new to you as if it was given to you today!” (Rashi on Shemot 19:1). 

This Shabbat, as we learn about the Exodus of our people from the iron crucible of Egyptian bondage, let us celebrate our freedom – our spiritual freedom, by always seeking to improve our faith and our ritual observance so that we may all feel that we are constantly growing stronger in our relationships with each other and with the Divine, creating an unbreakable chain of faith and love whose cords will unite us as a covenanted people, and whose reach will span the generations “from days to days.”

Shabbat Shalom,

-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.  

Friday Night

Candle Lighting

No later than 5:45PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


Texas Style Shabbos Dinner


Shabbat Morning


9:00 AM

Youth Services


Shabbat Evening








Weekday Services

Monday - Friday



CTI Announcements

A new date and time will be posted on as soon as it can be rescheduled!

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Sponsor Mishloach Manot Here!

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:

Sponsor Kiddush!

Thank you Gabe & Emily Yaffe for sponsoring Kiddush to celebrate Debbie Groyer's birthday and to welcome the Groyers to Austin.

Wow! Kiddush Sponsorships are filled up for January and February! Please sign up to sponsor Kiddush in March or April so we can all continue to enjoy Kiddush with our new expanded menus, 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 Judges

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! 


Rita Chapin on January 28

Jared Newberg on January 28

Anita Lavie on January 30


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

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Barnett Lazarus, Father of Katie Price, on Thursday 11 Shevat

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 David Chapin, Solomon Sultan, Offer Shavit, and Rafael Dayan for their aliyah donations.

Thank you to Leah McDonald for her donation in appreciation for the Rabbi's weekly Torah commentary in the Spiel.

Thank you to Arthur and Barb Altman and to Marty and Katie Price for their donations to the Tendler Fund.

Thank you to Jake Wolfson for his

donation to the Chesed Fund.

Thank you to Offer and Ilana Shavit for

their donation to the Torah 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.

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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

 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!

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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

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