Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain! – November 9, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to Sutton Place Synagogue last Shabbat. We were one of 60 synagogues in NYC alone that participated in #ShowUpForShabbat and there were over 75 COUNTRIES that participated. Here are my remarks from Saturday morning.

Shabbat Shalom! During this week’s parasha, Toldot, Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, whom Rebecca favors, and the hairy Esau, who Isaac favors. After returning from a hunting trip, Esau asks his brother for some lentil soup, but Jacob tells him he must trade him his birthright. Years later, when Isaac is old and blind, Jacob tricks their father into giving him the firstborn blessing. Jacob leaves home, fearing his brother will retaliate, and finds a wife at his uncle Laban’s house.

Friday Evening Services are Tonight at 6:15 PM and Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. We will celebrate as Jared Levy becomes a bar mitzvah.

Candle lighting is at 4:24 pm.

Thought Question: How do we understand the power of the blessing given in this week’s parasha? Did Jacob do the right thing by following his mother’s instructions or should he have been more upfront with his father? Do we sometimes do things for the greater good (in this case, the furtherance of the Jewish people)?

Don’t forget that next Friday night is our next MUSICAL FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE!


                                            UPCOMING EVENTS:
BoCo MOVIE NIGHT-THIS COMING TUESDAY!
All Boomers are invited for a deli dinner and then the movie, Deli Man, this coming Tuesday! CLICK HERE for more details!
INFORMATION SESSION about 2019 SPS TRIP TO POLAND/BERLIN
This Wednesday November 14th at 7 pm at the home of Helen Wrobel and Tal Eyal. If you are planning on coming to the information session, please email me so I can give you their address. If you can’t come to the meeting but want information about the trip, let me know.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
There is a shabbat dinner on November 16th and a tour of the Judaica exhibit at Sothebys on December 16th. Click here for the details on how to register.
MEN’S CLUB SHABBAT is NEXT WEEKEND!
Saturday, November 17, services begin at 9:15 am
The theme this year will be “Our Jewish Veterans” since MC Shabbat will occur a few days after Veteran’s Day. Please let us know if you want to participate and/or are a veteran in the US Armed forces by emailing Joel Arthur at jia333@mindspring.com.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Ain