Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – February 9, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Mishpatim, Moses details many of God’s laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics and treatment of animals. We are reminded of the importance of welcoming the Orphan, the Widow, and the Stranger, since we were strangers. God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies and warns the Israelites not to worship other gods. Moses ascends Mount Sinai to meet with God for 40 days and 40 nights.
Thought Question: How do we ensure that we will fulfill the mitzvah of welcoming the widow, orphan, and the stranger? If these are the archetypes for those who are vulnerable, who do we find today that we should welcome?
There is KabalTOT Shabbat tonight at 5:45 and a Musical Kabalat Shabbat Service at 6:15 pm. Services tomorrow morning at 9:15 am. The Rinah Choir will be participating in services. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am and Tot Shabbat at 11 am. Candle Lighting is at  5:06 PM pm.
Click Here to learn about my visit to Rome, Italy where I was part of a delegation of the NY Board of Rabbis, representing SPS, at an international conference addressing issues of Anti-Semitism.
Please note: Minyan this coming Wednesday morning is at 7:45 am because of Rosh Chodesh. Additionally, many of our minyan “regulars” will be out of town in the next few weeks. If you an come either at 8 am or 5:45 pm to help make the minyan it would be greatly appreciated.

Make sure to mark  this comingThursday night February 15th at 7:30 in your calendars! Dr. David Fishman will be speaking to us about Modern Jewish History.

Monday, February 26 at 7 pm
Are you ready to get in the Purim spirit? Come get your hands dirty and make some delicious Hamantaschen, learn a little bit about Purim, and enjoy the company of other Young Professionals. We ask for every attendee to bring a bottle of wine with you to the event for 2 purposes:
  1. Act as a rolling pin for your dough
  2. Pop the cork and drink while your Hamantaschen are baking!
To submit the $10 payment, go to the SPS donate page and select “young professional programming” This event is sure to sell out so sign up ASAP while there is still room!

CLICK HERE for all the details regarding the Purim Festivities, the Carnival, and our Mishloach Manot Purim Project! Don’t miss these great ways to celebrate the holiday with our community.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain