Happy Thanksgiving Temple Sinai!
Giving thanks is central to Judaism. Most of our prayers each day and each week are focused on thanksgiving. For those of us that pray in the mornings, the first series of blessings gives thanks for each step of waking up: hearing the alarm, opening our eyes, putting our feet on the floor, getting dress, getting to the bathroom, etc. This sort of mindfulness about the little things is one thing I deeply value about Jewish practice.
– Farewell Michael Levine
– Blessed SIGD, Holiday of Ethiopian Jewry
– Shabbat Services & Torah Study
– Rabbi Angel Buchdahl’s Sermon on Whether Legailty of The Settlement is The Right Question
As a follow up to the articles I shared last week on the Trump administration’s announcement that the US now considers the Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be legal, reversing decades of policy. As another approach, here is Rabbi Angela Buchdahl’s sermon last Shabbat on the whether the question of legality is really […]
In Genesis, when God creates humankind, it reads:
הִ֖ים בָּרָ֣א אֹת֑וֹ זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בָּרָ֥א אֹתָֽם׃ הִ֤ים ׀ אֶת־הָֽאָדָם֙ בְּצַלְמ֔וֹ בְּצֶ֥לֶם אֱ וַיִּבְרָ֨א אֱ
And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. It is a curious line, that God creates man, and then it says, “male and female He created them.” Is it him or them? Is it one or more?
Hello Temple Sinai! In this email:
– 3SquaresVT Challenge
– Se’udah Sh’lishit – Saturday afternoon tea and conversation with the Rabbi
– Statement from the URJ regarding the Trump administration’s decision to reverse the US’s longstanding position on the Israeli settlements in the West Bank
– Shabbat Services and Torah Study for this weekend
This week’s Torah portion might be the one with the most well‐known stories packed into it. It includes the two stories we read at Rosh HaShanah each year, Sarah kicking out Hagar and Ishmael, and Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac, “the Akedah.” But it also has Sarah laughing when her angelic visitors tell her she is going to be pregnant at age 90, and it has Abraham arguing with God about destroying Sodom if he can find just ten good people. It has Lot’s wife turning to salt. It has Lot’s daughters…
Hello Temple Sinai!
It was so nice to see many of our new members at the new members’ brunch this past Sunday. I want you to know that if you would like to get together for coffee or a chat, just let me know. I don’t want to impose on people’s busy lives, but I very much want to get to know you better, so be in touch.
One of the ways I think Temple Sinai shows itself to be a welcoming and friendly community is…
community is at our Friday night Onegs
Hello Temple Sinai! It was great to be in France, but it is great to be back in Vermont. One way to know you are living in the right place is when you miss it when you are gone.
In this email:
– Shabbat Services
– Spiritual Committee meeting
– Tot Shabbat
– 3 Squares Vermont Challenge
Hello Temple Sinai –
Bonjour from Toulouse, France! Tim and I are here for a week relaxing, recovering from the holiday marathon, eating French food, and soaking in the culture of Lanquedoc. Fortunately, Temple Sinai has a deep “bench” of people who can more than cover for me.
The details are in the services below, but a hardy thanks to them for always stepping up to serve…
“WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO BE OLD” – HAPPY 90TH TO BEV BETTEMANN
Psalm 90 tells us: Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;
So Bev, and all you others that are near or over 90, what is your secret? I think you are the superheroes that Marvel hasn’t made a movie about… yet.
But don’t get too full of your age-power. Remember that Sarah was 90 when she found out she was pregnant with Isaac…
Hello Temple Sinai –
– To ARIEL TOOHEY on doing such an outstanding job at her Bat Mitzvah. She led prayers and chanted her Torah and Haftarah beautifully, and made all of us very proud of our religious school here at Temple Sinai.
– To SISTERHOOD on their kick-off brunch success and much success in the all the events planned in the new year.
– To all the NEW STUDENTS IN OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL who were consecrated at Simchat Torah.