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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT VA'ERA - FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

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

Two great services to choose from!
See HERE for Beginners Service and KJB Minyan details. 

Got lunch? We do! Join us following KJB services this week (1/25) for a Beginners Shabbat Luncheon in the Riklis Social Hall featuring delicious food, good people, and Shabbat spirit with the Traveling Chassidim.

THIS Shabbat with The Traveling Chassidim – January 25!
Experience the joy and spirituality of this acclaimed group! 

   - KJB Minyan featuring the spirit of the Traveling Chassidim 

   - Special Singing Seudah Shlishit following 4:40 pm Mincha

   - Musical Havdalah and Melave Malkah at 7:00pm.

JLI's Judaism's Gifts to the World begins Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 pm 

Explore how Major Jewish ideas evolved into universal values. This 6-week course will unpack six of the world’s most cherished values and how they were delivered to humanity by the Torah. See HERE for more info and to register and HERE for a taste of the course. 

 

Meaningful Jewish Living presents a Jewish History Series - Thursdays starting Jan. 30 at 7:00 pm
This interactive course examines 5,000 years of Jewish history from Adam and Eve through the establishment of the State of Israel and the present day in a 5 class series. Taught by Rabbi Daniel and Rachel Kraus.

Study Torah in 2020! Join a class!
Plenty to choose from - including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, and more! See HERE for details.

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Shabbat Announcements

Friday, January 24
Candle lighting - 4:45 pm
Friday Night Live Services in the Rohr Chapel - 6:00 pm

Shabbat, January 25
KJB Minyan with Rabbi Kraus & Chazan Shilo - 9:15 am in the Riklis Social Hall
Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation. Start the morning with 15 minutes of Torah, studying each of the 613 mitzvot in Sefer Ha-Mitzvot.

Beginners Service with Dr, Steve Rudolph  at 9:30 am in the Major Ward Beit Midrash 
​Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace. 

Kiddush Luncheon all together following services sponsored by Luwam & David Friedman in celebration of Jonathan's first birthday.

Pre-Mincha Shiur at 4:20 pm with Rachel Kraus - Consciousness of Redemption

Mincha in the Main Synagogue is at 4:40 pm followed by a Special Singing Seudah Shlishit with The Traveling Chassidim

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On the Jewish Calendar

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevorchim - the Shabbat immediately preceding Rosh Chodesh (the new Jewish month) Shevat. Rosh Chodesh is Monday. According to the opinion of Beit Shammai, the New Year for Trees is observed on the first day of Shevat. The accepted opinion, though, is that of Beit Hillel, and we observe Tu B’Shvat (the 15th of the month) instead. For more information, see HERE.

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Time for a Taste of Torah
"Va-yedabeir Hashem el Moshe v'el Aharon va-yetzaveim el Bnei Yisrael v'el Paroh melech Mitzrayim l'hotzee et Bnei Yisrrael mei'eretz Mitzrayim - And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and commanded them concerning children of Israel and concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt." (Shemot/Exodus 6:13)

This is a very strange verse! What commandment does God have for the children of Israel?!? We understand the end of the verse which speaks of a commandment to Pharaoh to set the Israelites free. However, what is the commandment that Moses and Aaron are to bring to the Israelites?

Rabbi Shmuel Bar Yitzchak in the Jerusalem Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 3:5) finds the answer to this question in the book of Jeremiah. As the Jews are on the verge of exile, Jeremiah informs them that the coming exile is a punishment for failing to release slaves. Moreover, hundreds of years before, when the Israelites were poised to leave Egypt, they were charged with this very commandment. The commandment of our verse is a directive by God on the necessity to free others. This is a prerequisite for the Exodus to take place.

Those who cannot free others, are not deserving of their own freedom and exile is their destiny. Only those who can ensure freedom for others merit freedom for themselves.

(Adapted from a Dvar Torah of Rabbi Meir Rubinstein by Ross Singer of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa.)

Sun, January 26 2020 29 Tevet 5780