Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Ain – May 5, 2017

Shabbat Shalom! This week we will read from the double portion of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. In the Torah portion Achrei Mot, God speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who were killed for coming too close to the presence of God. God instructs Moses and Aaron on the procedures surrounding Yom Kippur. God describes all the laws surrounding sexual prohibitions. In Kedoshim, God describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping people live lives of holiness. The laws described include some of those recorded in the Ten Commandments, such as respecting one’s parents, keeping the Sabbath and not stealing. God also introduces laws about farming and about belief in supernatural beings.

Friday night services are at 6:15 pm and shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am. We will celebrate as Samantha Taras is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. There is Jr. Congregation at 10:30 am and Tot Shabbat at 11 am.

Thought Question: Can we find holiness after death? I will explore that idea tomorrow during services as I reflect on some of what I saw in Israel

Upcoming Events

Next weekend! 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.

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. Speaking of the Mets….Mazal tov to our own Elizabeth Sack, daughter of Jonathan and Caroline Sack, on being one of eight outstanding teens honored by UJA-Federation for their leadership in UJA’s Center for Youth Philanthropy. Elizabeth will be recognized on the field this Sunday at “UJA @ The Mets.”
Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Ain