Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain!

Shabbat Shalom! This week we begin the book of Dvarim, the 5th book of the Torah.

In this Torah portion, Moses recounts the Israelites’ episodes from their 40 years in the wilderness. Moses encourages the Israelites in their upcoming conquest of the land of Canaan.
Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am. I look forward to seeing many of you tonight and tomorrow.
Candle lighting is at  8:04 pm.
Tomorrow night we will gather together to observe Tisha B’av, the saddest day in the Jewish year, as we recall the travesties that have befallen the Jewish people over the millenia, highlighted by the destruction of the First and Second Temples. We will gather for a pre-fast dinner at 8 pm followed by a brief study session and then the evening service which will include the reading of the Book of Lamentations. 
Thought question: For the past three week in services we have been reading “Haftorahs of Admonition” as a way of preparing for Tisha B’av (don’t worry, starting next week we will read 7 Haftorahs of comfort in preparation for the New Year). My question is, what do you think the Jewish people need to be admonished for this year? We are told that the Temple was destroyed because of Baseless hatred-where are you seeing that rear its ugly head? In this light, ff you join me tomorrow at shabbat morning services, I will be (sadly) sharing some recent news events which remind us that we still have a ways to go as a people.
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Upcoming Events!!
 
BOCO BBQ IS COMING UP THIS WEEK!!
 
JOIN THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOOMERS COMMUNITY THIS TUESDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM AT SPS! IT WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE ON TUESDAY NIGHT. (IF IT RAINS WE WILL BE INSIDE). RSVP TO SPS@SPSNYC.ORG
UPCOMING SHABBAT SPEAKERS!
 
Saturday July 28
SPS Member Mike Ripka recently returned from volunteering in Israel. As a pre-cursor to the Aug 4 lecture by Br General Bentzi Gruber, and in anticipation of a larger presentation that Mike will give later this year, come to SPS next Saturday morning to learn some of Mike’s reflections on Israel, the Torah portion, and the time of year.
Saturday August 4
SPS will welcome Br. General Bentzi Gruber to speak from the bimah on Shabbat morning during services about Ethics in the Field: a firsthand look into the strategic and ethical decisions that IDF commanders and officers make daily, has become influential beyond the borders of Israel.
Br. General Bentzi Gruber is Vice Commander (reserves) of Division 252, an armored division of 20,000 soldiers. As an entrepreneur, he has established Internet startups, been a real-estate developer and initiated biotech research. He is also the founder of “Chesed In The Field,” a non-profit that brings together IDF reservists and chronically ill and disabled children for special events throughout the year instilling the values of community and social responsibility in the hearts of thousands of soldiers. Br. General Gruber also established “Ethics in the Field” to shatter myths and present the facts missing in today’s discussion of Israeli counter terrorism.
Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner
Friday August 10
Join the Young Professionals of SPS as we pair with OneTable to host a shabbat dinner on the roof! Under the stars we will share laughs, clink glasses and enjoy a beautiful meal – hope to see you there!

Cost: $18 per person
Register at www.bit.ly/2l6sZTW
Time to plan for the fall!
If you have any questions about High Holiday seats please reach out to Harriet Janover at  hjanover@spsnyc.org or call her at 212-593-3300.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain