Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 21, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read from the double parashiyot of Matot and Maasei, the final parashiyot in the book of Numbers. In the portion Matot, Moses describes the laws of oaths. The Israelites battle the Midianites. The tribes of Reuven and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel. In Masei, the tribes of Reuven and Gad promise to help out the other tribes while not living in the land of Israel. God tells Moses exactly where each tribe will live. God clarifies the laws of murder. The daughters of Zelophehad receive their inheritance.

Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Candle lighting is at 8:03 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Minyan this coming Monday morning begins at 7:45 because of Rosh Chodesh Av.

Thought Question: There is a clear mandate in this week’s Torah portion that even those who settle on the other side of the Jordan (not in Israel) have a responsibility to those who live in Israel. Is that responsibility a two-way street? How do we engage in a relationship with people in Israel?

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Upcoming Events at SPS

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – THEATRE HISTORIAN JOHN KENRICK
July 25 – Curtain Up! Light the Lights!: How New Musicals Get to Broadway
Ever wonder how some wonderful shows (and some awful ones) make it to the Broadway stage? John pulls back the curtain on how this process worked in the past, how it happens today, and what is likely in the years to come.
Refreshments: 7 pm, Presentation: 7:30 pm
Complimentary admission for SPS members, Guest: $18

TISHA B’AV OBSERVANCE
Monday, July 31, 7:30 pm | Tuesday, August 1, 8 am
Tisha B’Av, is a period of lamentation and prayer to remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. It is a sad day that observes other major disasters and tragedies that Jewish people experienced throughout history, including the expulsion from England in 1290 and from Spain in 1492, as well as the mass deportation of Jewish people from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
Let’s gather together on Monday evening, July 31st at 7:30 pm in the ballroom of the synagogue for a *pre-fast dinner and program in preparation for the High Holidays. The evening service and the reading of the Book of Lamentations will follow.
Tuesday morning August 1st, Shacharit services will begin at 8:00 am and will include the reading of Lamentations.
*Dinner is complimentary for members – $36 for guests. Reservations are required. Contact: 212-593-3300 or sps@spsnyc.org

SPS Women’s League is busy in July and gearing up for a wonderful year ahead! Check out THIS LINK to see everything going on, including how to order honey for the new year and sign up your children who are away at college!

The Young Professionals Community has two great programs coming up in August! There is a shabbat dinner at someone’s home on Friday night Aug 11 and a FLYWHEEL class on August 22. For more information and to register for FLYWHEEL, CLICK HERE. If you want to attend the shabbat dinner, please email David Frankel.

SAVE THE DATE!
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
AS WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO “COME HOME & SAY CHAI TO SPS”

That afternoon there will be programming for people of all ages as we come together, reconnect, and introduce SPS to those looking for their Jewish community!

As I have written about in the past, there is currently a debate in the Chief rabbinate in Israel regarding conversions. I was interviewed in this week’s NY Jewish Week which focused on how different rabbis oversee conversion. If you are interested in this topic or know someone that is interested in pursuing conversion, please contact me directly.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain