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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT VAYIGASH| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness 
See here for KJ Chesed Corner.

Two Great KJB Services!
Join us each week for the Beginners Service or KJB Minyan for a prayer and parsha experience like no other! See here for details. Kiddush all together following services!

KJ Conversations with Rabbi Weinstock & Rabbi Ethan Tucker – Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 pm
Let Our People Know! Explore the critical need for Jewish literacy if the Jewish people are to survive and thrive and hear from one of the superstars of the Jewish educational world. See here for more details.

Jew & Non-Jew with Rabbi Elie Weinstock - Monday, Dec. 17 at 8:00 pm 
Ever wonder about Tikkun Olam, immigration, or the rise in anti-Semitism? Examine some of the sources that relate to the Jewish relationship with the outside world. Click here with questions.

Meaningful Jewish Living class - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
3,300 years of Jewish tradition in 25 weeks! See  here for details. This week: Shabbat: The Day of Rest, Rules & Cholent with Rabbi Elie Weinstock.

Study Torah at KJ!
See here for the full Fall lineup including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, and more!

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Friday, December 14
Candle lighting - 4:11 pm

Evening Services - 4:25 pm in the Main Synagogue

Shabbat, December 15
Beginners Service with George Rohr & Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Ramaz Middle School Room 304 Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace. (Torah Study with Rachel Kraus starts at 10:30.)

KJB Minyan with Rabbi Kraus - 9:30 am in the Ramaz Middle School Chapel. Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation.

Kiddush all together following services.

Pre-Mincha shiur at 3:45 pm with Rabbi Steinmetz.  Mincha is at 4:05 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Amy Bolton, Spiritual Care Counselor at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice.

Havdalah - 5:10 pm 

KJ Conversations, Dec 15 at 8:00 pm Let Our People Know: The Critical Need for Torah Study Throughout the Jewish Community A conversation between Rabbi Elie Weinstock and Rabbi Ethan Tucker, President & Rosh Yeshiva of Hadar (www.hadar.org).  See here for more details.

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On the Jewish Calendar
Tuesday, December 18, is the fast day of Asarah B'Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet. It commemorates the day on which the siege of Jerusalem began. This event was the beginning of the whole chain of calamities which finally ended with the destruction of the First Temple. The fast begins at 6:03 am and ends at 5:08 pm. Services at KJ will be at 6:50 am and 4:05 pm. For more information, see here.

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“Va-yar et ha-agalot asher shalach Yosef la-seit oto va’techi ruach Yaakov avihem– And Jacob saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him and his spirit was revived.” (Bereishit/Genesis 45:28)

The brothers return with the good news that Joseph is still alive. Yet, it seems from the text that Jacob did not believe them until he saw the wagons. What is the significance of these wagons? The classical commentator Rashi says it relates to the last Torah topic that Joseph and Jacob studied together (following the tradition that our patriarchs studied the Torah before it was given). The two had studied the issue of the eglah arufah – the calf whose neck would be broken as a sign that the murdered body found had not been the responsibility of the neighboring town. The Hebrew word for calf is spelled the same was as the Hebrew word for wagon.

There may be a deeper meaning to this topic as it relates to the reunification of Jacob and his sons with Joseph. At the heart of the eglah arufah ritual is a search for responsibility. The residents of the nearby town may have not actively shed blood, but they are still responsible for the fact that a dead body is found right near their border. The theme of responsibility runs through the entire Torah portion. Judah takes responsibility for Benjamin, Joseph is ready to assume responsibility for his entire family – even those that wronged him. The lesson of responsibility is one of the earliest lessons Jacob tried to instill in his children. He may have believed the brothers announcing that Joseph was still alive, but “his spirit was revived” and he grew excited in the Jewish future when he saw that Joseph had remembered and internalized the lesson of Jewish responsibility.

Mon, December 17 2018 9 Tevet 5779