Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – January 5, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Shmot, the new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph, and makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelite baby boys be killed at birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. As an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses flees to Midian and marries Zipporah. God appears before Moses in a burning bush and tells him to free the Israelites from slavery. An apprehensive Moses returns to Egypt, where he and his brother Aaron demand that Pharaoh free the Israelite slaves. Pharaoh refuses, and God promises to punish him.
Friday night services are tonight at 6:15 pm and Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am. Candle Lighting is at 4:25 pm.
Here are a few upcoming highlights:
I look forward to engaging in interactive Torah study with our community, following kiddush tomorrow. We will join together in the Charlotte K. Frank Learning center.
The third session of the Jewish parenting class will take place on Friday, January 12th, immediately after KNS drop off.
CRASH COURSE IN JEWISH HISTORY with Dr. Benjamin Gampel-Medieval Jewish History!
Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 pm.   (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.)
Saturday, January 27th during services and Kiddush
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.
Israel Trip Update: We will be booking flights in the coming weeks but before doing so, we need to know how many families are planning on coming on the trip. If you are planning on joining the SPS trip this coming December to Israel, please let me know and please register asap. Here are the details.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain