Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – April 28, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double portion of Tazria and Metzora. In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with skin diseases; God also instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the laws of the emission of bodily fluids.
Our special Kabbalat Shabbat Musical service EAST MEETS WEST: A Celebration of Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and Israeli music begins tonight at 6:15 followed by a Shabbat dinner. If you are planning to come to the shabbat dinner please RSVP immediately to sps@spsnyc.org. It is $18/person.
Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am. We will celebrate as Lauren Mann is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 amand Tot Shabbat at 11 am.
Thought Question: How do we make sure that those who are ‘out of sight’ aren’t ‘out of mind?’ There is much to learn in this week’s double portion.
This coming week we will commemorate Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and celebrate Yom Haaztmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). The linking of these two holidays is crucial as we recognize the tremendous sacrifice of so many of Israel’s families for the sake of the state and the Jewish home. We must pause and remember those who have given their lives and then we must joyously celebrate that after 2000 years the Jewish people were able to be sovereign once again. I am excited that tomorrow night I will be boarding an El Al plane to head to Israel with over 20 members of SPS as we join the UJA Federation of NY Centennial Mission, celebrating Israel at 69. I will return back to NYC on Thursday morning. 
Upcoming Events
 
May 13 TEEN SHABBAT-Join us for a special shabbat on Saturday morning May 13 where we celebrate our teens! Our Rinah Youth Choir will be performing and many of the prayers will be led by our post b’nai mitzvah students. We will honor our graduating seniors. If you have a graduating senior and you are planning on coming, and haven’t told me, please let me know asap! Finally, the women’s league will be presenting the first “l’dor vador” aware to any of our children in grades 3-11 who are taking part in immersive Jewish experiences this summer. We look forward to a wonderful shabbat.

May 23 TRIBUTE, BOOK REVIEW & DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHOR
Author Dan Ephron
In honor of Linda Sitnick of blessed memory
Tuesday, May 23, Reception 7 pm, Program begins promptly at 7:30 pm

SPS members received in the mail, thanks to the generosity of Vice President Irving Sitnick, a copy of the book Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzchak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel.
Twenty years after the assassination, author Dan Ephron will engage in dialogue with our community about the making of the book and the impact the death or Rabin has had on Israeli society and the world.
Everyone is invited to share this exceptional evening …. Whether you read the book or not!
May 24-Go with the Mens’ Club and watch the Mets at Citi Field for ISRAEL NIGHT!CLICK HERE for more information.

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Ain