Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Miketz, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his baker, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. The brothers do not recognize Joseph when they meet him, and Joseph tests them by accusing them of being spies. Joseph arrests Simeon and demands the brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to prove they are not spies. When Benjamin arrives, Joseph puts a goblet in Benjamin’s bag and accuses him of stealing it.
Candle Lighting is at 4:11 pm. (Remember to light Chanukah candles before lighting Shabbat candles). There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am tomorrow morning.
Please note: Morning Minyan this coming Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdaywill begin at 7:45 am because of Chanukah.
I would like to thank all those who fasted this week in honor of the fallen Torah. They include: Rachel Demeny, Sara Saltzman, David Nussbaum, Debby Eisenson, Jim Stern, Hal Coopersmith, Jane Judge, Lauren Orenstein, and Andy Fechter.
Here are reflections of many of those who completed their fast during this past week:
This was a really interesting experience for me. I have never fasted on my own, always with my family, friends, etc. for a holiday. While it was strange going through my regular work day while fasting, it was meaningful knowing that I was doing my very small part in righting a “wrong”. Our entire community suffered when the Torah fell. For so many of us to contribute by fasting demonstrates that we are all here for each other.
PLEASE NOTE: In light of the upcoming conclusion of the 40 days of fasting this Thursday, DECEMBER 21, please join with me at SPS at 5 pmto study Torah and to conclude the fast with the mincha/maariv service together.
$30 per family
(Did you miss the first class in the CRASH COURSE IN JEWISH HISTORY? CLICK HERE to watch the video of Dr. Burt Visotzky on Ancient Jewish History.)
Each SPS member family received a copy of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, written by Abigail, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our devoted member Irving Sitnick. Abigail will discuss her latest book, which chronicles her experience researching and observing every holiday in the Jewish Calendar.