Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

5 Tammuz 5783 -- June 24, 2023

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Parshat Korach

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Rabbi's Reflections

-Don't Give Up, Even at Your Lowest!-

Parshat Korach describes the most destructive rebellion ever staged by the Jewish people during their sojourn in the Wilderness. Korach, Moshe and Ahraron’s cousin, was a wealthy, learned and charismatic Levite who bore the Ark of the Covenant on his own shoulders.  Korach gathered together two hundred and fifty of the most respected elders of the Jewish people by persuading them “with soft words” (Midrash Tanchuma, Korach 1). Korach’s soft, charming and convincing words moved the Jewish elite to follow him and rebel against Moshe. But how could these two hundred and fifty dignified, wise leaders question the authority of Moshe?! After all, they had just recently experienced the Revelation at Mount Sinai! These esteemed leaders witnessed the miracle of the parting of the Sea of Reeds after which the Torah tells us, “They believed in the Lord, and in Moshe His servant” (Shemot 14:31). What is more, they were still receiving the Manna, the heavenly bread provided by God! How could they have succumbed to the guile and allure of Korach? 

To help answer this question, we should turn to the words of the Ramban, who explains that indeed, the people did love Moshe as they loved themselves, “and heeded him in all that he commanded them, and if anyone had rebelled against Moshe’s word during  [their sojourn in the Wilderness of Sinai], the people would have stoned [the rebels].” However, the Ramban notes, “when [the Jewish people] entered the Wilderness of Paran and were burned in the fire of Tavara and many died…and [then] when they sinned with the [incident] of the Spies, Moshe did not pray for them [for total forgiveness], and [as a result] the decree against them [that they could never enter Eretz Yisrael] was not annulled…at that point the mood of the entire nation became bitter and they said in their hearts that the words of Moshe would bring upon them [more] mishaps. [It was] then [that] Korach found the opportunity to contest [Moshe’s] actions, and he believed that the people would [now] listen to him” (Ramban on Bamidbar 16:1).

Thus, Korach was not a sincere “champion of the people,” or a devoted servant of the downtrodden. Rather, he was a keen opportunist, a shrewd manipulator, who exploited the fear, frustration and despair of the people to move forward his agenda for self-aggrandizement. Korach’s words struck at the heart of the Jewish people when their morale and faith was at its all-time low, and he used their vulnerability to his benefit, sensing that now was the opportune time to incite a rebellion.

When we face moments of vulnerability, distress and dejection, it is important that we never lose sight of our values, our principles and ethics. When we find ourselves at our lowest points, it is crucial that we always hold onto our core beliefs, so that the “Korachs” of today do not use us as pawns in their own musings of power and glory.  This Shabbat, may we learn from the mistake of the two hundred and fifty nobles of Israel. May we never lose sight of what is right even when the world around us feels like everything is wrong. May we never succumb to the charm and guile of others when our Torah teaches us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Mishlei 3:5). This Shabbat, may we stage our own rebellion against Korach. May we choose the side of Torah, mitzvot, Moshe and God, and never waver in our convictions to do what is good and what is right even when things look bad- choosing life over death, light over darkness, and peace over strife. 

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 Evening, June 23rd


Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat


Candle Lighting

Saturday, June 24th







Sunday, June 25th



Weekday Services




CTI Announcements

CTI member

J.E. Wolfson will

be a panelist at Hadassah’s “Addressing Antisemitism Without Fear” program in El Paso on Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 pm (Austin/Central Time). Register to view the event live on Zoom.

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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 [email protected] 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 Gary & Karin Gerstenhaber for sponsoring Kiddush in loving memory of his parents, Albert Gerstenhaber, z'l and Merilee Gerstenhaber Weiner, z'l on their Yahrzheits.

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 August or September and give us the opportunity to thank YOU for kiddush! 

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featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 


Marshall Sack on June 27

Isaac Raschkovsky on June 30


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Yahrzeit Remembrances

Philip Kleinstub, Father of Betty Glosser, on Thursday 10 Tammuz

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 Solomon Sultan and Elon Magill

for their aliyah donations.

Thank you to David Pickman for his Yahrzeit donation in memory of Moshe ben Aron.

Thank you to David and Hillery Kaplan for their donation for a refuah sheleima for Yehuda Lev ben Rafael, Jason Rappoport, brother of Hillery Kaplan.

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. 


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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
  • Avigail Malkah bat Devorah
  • David Moshe ben Sylvia
  • 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
  • Rachel Golda bat Leah

 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 [email protected]  

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On the web:


Dan Millner: [email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 101


Alana Pompa: [email protected]  

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 102

Vice President:

Sarah Wander [email protected] 


Chuck Kaufman, [email protected]


Sarah Church Carroll 

[email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 103


Larry Smith [email protected]  

Phone: 512-923-3964


Alana Pompa 

[email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 106

Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro [email protected]

Youth Educator:

Emily Yaffe [email protected]

Chesed Committee:

Jeanette Brickman [email protected]

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