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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

PARSHAT KORACH| FRIDAY, JUNE 23 - SATURDAY, JUNE 24

KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness
See here for KJ Chesed Corner and here for volunteer opportunities from Met Council.

 

Join us for a Summer Taste of Torah starting Tuesday 7/12 & Wednesday 7/13!
Rabbi Weiser has a class for you on Tuesday or Wednesday evening. See here for details.

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Friday, June 23
Candle lighting - 8:13 pm

Services in the Main Synagogue at 6:45 pm

Shabbat, June 24
United KJB Summer Service - 9:30 am in the Riklis Social Hall

The Learners and Intermediate Services come together for the summer. Explore prayer and parsha along with plenty of singing and explanation in this user-friendly, informative service experience.

Kiddush following services sponsored by Richard Gallis in observance of the yahrzeit of his brother, Melvin Gallis; and by Eric Goodman and Alexandra Fairweather in observance of the yahrzeit of Eric's mother, Leah Goodman, and in celebration of Alexandra's conversion to Judaism.

Shabbat afternoon Pre-Mincha Shiur with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz at 7:25 pm in the Main Sanctuary followed by Mincha Services at 8:10 pm and Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Lookstein.

Shabbat Ends - 9:15 p.m.

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On the Jewish Calendar
This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh (start of the new Jewish month) Tammuz. Tammuz is the month where we begin the Three Weeks period of sadness leading up to Tisha B’Av. For more information, see here.

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Time for a Taste of Torah

“Va-tiftach ha-aretz et piha va-tivla otam – The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them.” (Bamidbar/Numbers 16:32)

Korach and those allied with him in his rebellion against Moshe were swallowed up by the earth. In Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), it is taught that there were ten things created on Friday, just before Shabbat. One of them was the opening of the earth that swallowed Korach and his followers. What do we learn from this fact? Who cares if the hole was prepared in advance?

Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser quotes the author of the Torah commentary “Me’orah shel Torah” as explaining that this teaching provides insight into handling difficult situations. When times are tough, it may feel like there is no solution. The individual should realize, however, that the solution may already have been prepared and the job is to uncover it. There is an expression in the Talmud that “God introduced the cure before the illness.” Korach’s rebellion presented a challenge to Moshe’s leadership and the unity of the Jewish people in the desert. The solution, however, already existed – the hole just needed to open up. The Sages in Pirkei Avot were not promising that problems would always be solved. Instead, they wisely suggest that we maintain the proper perspective in seeking to uncover the solution when difficult situations arise.

Mon, June 26 2017 2 Tammuz 5777