I’ve been speaking often in the past months about the importance of not reducing complex issues to two opposing sides, a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ side, a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ side, but rather to challenge ourselves in these polarized times to think and speak in more complex ways. Judaism has always seen complexity in difficult issues, refusing to oversimplify, and insisting on honoring the value of debate and of opinions we don’t share.
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Please find your way to give to this campaign that we are doing across the State of Vermont’s Jewish community. Please give generously, and more importantly, give something. In Jewish tradition, there is no holiness without justice; a good society must have a fair and accessible legal system I know we are all constantly bombarded with this sort of fundraising campaign, and I appreciate all you do already, but let’s show that the Vermont Jewish Community, and Temple Sinai will offer not just ‘thoughts and prayers’ but much needed funding to help those in need of legal aid.
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WE NEED A MINYAN ON SATURDAY MORNING SERVICES FOR A SHORT TORAH READING AND CHILD NAMING! PLEASE JOIN US!
This Shabbat morning, we will have a slightly longer service with a short Torah reading (Shema and V’Ahavta!) so that we can have a proper child naming Gwen and Vivian Saipe, daughters of Noah and Adriana, newish members of our congregation, so please try to come and show your support.
Elu v’Elu Devarim
Words matter profoundly in Judaism. In many ways, the entire Talmud is one long argument over centuries about the meaning and power of words. We are called the “People of the Book” but it would perhaps be more accurate to call us a tradition that holds words and language sacred.
In Hebrew, the word for “words” is devarim. This week, in our Torah reading, we start the Book of Devarim, also known as Deuteronomy. It is the “Book of Words”.
I hope you are having a great Vermont summer! The swimming hole near us has been bumper to bumper parking. It has been great seeing so many of you at services lately. Keep coming and bringing friends! We are busy working, getting ready for Hebrew School and some of the innovations we are planning there, and budgeting for next year, and planning adult education, and a trip to Israel, and social action, and… … … This email has a few things, so here are quick links for you:
1. Some Comments on the Recent Shootings
2. Tisha B’av SPECIAL SERVICE Saturday at 8 pm
3. Shabbat Services this Week ROCK SHABBAT
4. Changes to Torah Study (We’re also reading Joshua)
5. Come help us plant the Garden! This Sunday at 11:30am. Pizza for lunch!
6. Results of Trip to Israel Survey
7. Save the Date: Shabbat Morning Service August 17