Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – March 2, 2018

Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Ki Tissa, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing Moses will never return, the Israelites turn to Aaron, who demands that everyone bring him their gold, so he can make a golden calf. When Moses comes down the mountain and sees the people dancing around this idol, he smashes the tablets on the ground. God punishes with a plague all the Israelites who were involved. Moses builds a tent to be his meeting place with God.
Thought Question: In this week’s parasha we are taught that everyone must be counted in the community. How do we make sure to do that? How do we tell their stories? Given that March is the beginning of Women’s History Month I look forward to sharing my thoughts on Jewish women who have had a role in history, including the way different women-from Esther to Miriam and more-have used their power to save the Jewish people.
Shabbat Services are at 6:15 tonight at 9:15 tomorrow morning. Candle Lighting is at 5:30 PM
Please note: Earlier this week, Jonathan Ornstein, the executive director of the JCC in Krakow, Poland, penned the THIS op-ed about why we, the Jewish community, should come to Poland during this time. Therefore, we are looking to organize a trip to Poland, and possibly Berlin, for 2019. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in coming on a Jewish Heritage trip where we will explore the beauty and the tragedy of our past and the vibrancy of the present and the future.
Torah Study with Rabbi Ain: The monthly class resumes on Saturday, March 3rd, following Kiddush and Mincha. Spend time with fellow SPS community members as we look closely at what the weekly Torah portion has to say and how it applies to our lives.
Crash Course in Jewish History: Come learn from Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, the Dean of the Graduate and Undergraduate programs at JTS, on Thursday March 8th at 7:30 pm in the final of 4 sessions on Jewish history. She will share her thoughts and wisdom on American Jewish History.  She will also speak briefly about ways to continue learning with JTS scholars-either as a college student or as part of a community adult learning experience. If any teens want to meet with her at 7 pm to learn about the Joint program between JTS and Columbia and Barnard, please let me know.
Sign up today for the Women’s Seder. This is a great way to connect with women from throughout the NYC Jewish community as we put a new twist on an ancient practice. Since this year the world is celebrating 70 years of the State of Israel the focus of the seder will be women who have had an impact in Israel.
Sign up for the 42nd Annual SPS Passover Seder for the First night of the holiday. We will sing, learn, laugh, and dine together as we enjoy a scrumptious meal and learn about the themes and ideas of this formative holiday.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain