Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – July 27, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! This week we read Parashat VaEtchanan.

In this Torah portion, Moses stresses to the Israelites the importance of keeping God’s commandments when they enter the Land of Israel. Moses repeats the Ten Commandments and utters the Shema and Ve’ahavta prayers.
Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm and Saturday morning services are at 9:15 am.
Candle lighting is at 7:58 pm.
Thought question: Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the Yiddish Version of Fiddler on the Roof at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Each song in the show is wonderful, but one that struck me was “Do you love me”-the song between Tevye and Golde, as they reflected on their 25 years of marriage and the role love plays. Today is “Tu B’av” the 15th of Av, known as the Jewish version of Sadie Hawkins Day! It is a day all about love. This holiday coincides with the reading of the “Ve’ahavta” prayer. What does love mean to you? How does love play a role in your relationships with people as well as with God.
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
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Time to plan for the fall!
Monday morning August 13th 8:30 am (join for minyan first!). Rabbi Ain will review the general structure of the High Holiday services and important themes to consider as we begin the Hebrew month of Elul, the final month of the Jewish year. We will sound the shofar, study texts, and begin to focus our minds and hearts on the world of repentance and growth in the weeks to follow.
Saturday August 18th Following Shabbat services. Rabbi Ain will introduce familiar and unfamiliar texts of the High Holiday services as we take a closer examination of what they mean and how they can transform our prayer experiences.
Click here to see the information about the upcoming holidays. 
If you have any questions about High Holiday seats please reach out to Harriet Janover at or call her at 212-593-3300.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain