Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – June 16, 2017

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Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Slach Lecha, Moses sends 12 spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land. God responds to their lack of confidence by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. God commands the Israelites to put fringes on the ends of their clothing.
Friday night services are at 6:15 tonight and Shabbat morning services begin at 9:15 am tomorrow morning. Join us as Kalman Samuels speaks about Shalva, an incredible organization in Jerusalem. Candle lighting is at 8:11 pm.
Thought Question: This week’s parasha contains continuous infighting amongst the Israelites, this time exhibited by a lack of faith and the inability to have a vision to proceed successfully. How do we appreciate the need for a realistic yet optimistic outlook? What are effective ways of moving forward?

Other Upcoming Shabbat Speakers:
Daniel Novick
Friday June 23rd-Saturday, June 24th

Come to SPS for Shabbat on June 23-24 as Daniel Novick a JTS Rabbinical Students takes the pulpit for that shabbat! Daniel has served as the USY adviser at SPS and this year will be serving as the cantorial soloist with Rabbi Dave Levy for the Young Professionals High Holiday services as well as working with Lesley Goldenberg in the Jackson Religious School. He will be giving the dvar torah both Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Shira Ben Sasson Furstenberg will speak on “The old State and Religion challenge: What’s new?”
Saturday July 1
Shira is the director JPW (Jewish Pluralism Watch)  JPW is the Masorti (Conservative) Movement’s non-partisan institute which monitors, interprets and publicizes the positions, statements, and voting records of Knesset Members and other elected officials on all issues of democracy, religion and the state.

Shira was the director of iRep, JFNA’s Israel Religious Expression Platform, which serves to impact a range of issues related to increasing religious diversity in Israel. Their goal is to promote and advance meaningful change to the status quo that will serve to facilitate a range of legally-recognized options for marriage in Israel.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Ain