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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT LECH LECHA - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

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.

Study Torah at KJ! Lots of great new classes!
Plenty to choose from - including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, and more! See HERE for details.

JLI’s Worrier to Warrior begins on 11/11 at 7:00 pm
Are bad feelings draining your best energy? Examine a Torah approach to standing up to negative emotions and remaining upbeat no matter what life brings. Taught by Rabbi Elie Weinstock. See HERE for a taste of the course and HERE for details and to register.

Soul Cycle with Rachel Kraus - Tuesday November 12 at 8:00 pm
Women of the community are invited to come together for learning and inspiration on the subject of The Contours of Communication: Age Old and New Age Jewish Wisdom hosted by David and Becky Zwillinger. RSVP to soulcycle@CKJ.org for address.

Meaningful Jewish Living class - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
3,300 years of Jewish tradition in 25 weeks! See HERE for details. Next up: What Does it Mean to Pray? taught by Rabbi Meyer Laniado.

Two Minute Torah with Rachel Kraus!
Please join Rachel Kraus for her Two Minute Torah (TMT) WhatsApp Group, a weekly pre-Shabbat parsha insight. Click HERE to join!

 

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Shabbat Announcements

Friday, November 8
Candle lighting - 4:27 pm
Evening Services in the Main Synagogue - 4:40 pm

Shabbat, November 9
KJB Minyan with Rabbi Kraus - 9:15 am in the Ramaz Middle School Auditorium (114 East 85th Street)
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 and Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Major Ward Beit Midrash 
Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace. (Rachel's Insights & Influence parsha discussion starts at 10:30.)

Kiddush all together following services in the Middle School Gym sponsored by Dr. Jill & Jonathan Brickman in honor of the the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Elijah.

Pre-Mincha Shiur at 3:55 pm with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz - The Meaning Behind Circumcision 

Mincha in the Main Synagogue is at 4:15 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Elie Weinstock - Sins of the Fathers?

Havdalah - 5:21 pm

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On the Jewish Calendar
We're in the Jewish month of Cheshvan and won't have another Jewish holiday for months. Don't sell Cheshvan short! See HERE for some of the redeeming qualities of this misunderstood month.

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“Va-yomeir Hashem el Avram: lech lecha – God said to Abram go for yourself…” (Bereishit/Genesis 12:1)

As Abram (later called Abraham) departs his birthplace, the spiritual journey of what becomes the Jewish people begins. Why was Abraham chosen? The Torah doesn't say. Without preamble, God commands Abraham and sends him on his mission. This is in stark contrast to how the Torah introduces us to Noah and to his divinely-given task. In that story, we are first told that "Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation, and Noah walked with God" (6:9). Only afterwards do we read, "And the Lord said to Noah... make for yourself an ark..." (6:14). God even tells Noah directly why he was selected for this task: "The Lord said to Noah, 'Go into the ark... for you alone I have found righteous in this generation'" (7:1). Noah was chosen because he was righteous, but what about Abraham?

Further comparison between Abraham and Noah begins to yield an answer. Noah was indeed a tzaddik, he did everything he was supposed to do. He was tamim, blameless, never doing anything wrong. He was good at following rules, at keeping on the straight and narrow. That is no small thing. How many of us can say that we are blameless in all of our actions? And yet to do what you are told is not the same as showing initiative. To follow orders is not to be inwardly directed, to be driven by a sense of mission.

The first command that God gives Noah is asei, "make": "Make for yourself an ark..." The verb is repeated over and over again in the paragraph: "... make it with compartments... And this is how you should make it... A light you should make for the ark... bottom, second and third decks you shall make it." God tells Noah to do, and he does: "And Noah did just as the Lord had commanded him" (7:5). The verse describes Noah to a tee: Noah is all about listening and doing.

Abraham was different. God does not tell Abraham to do (asei), but to go (lech lecha). We also don't read that Abraham did all that God had said, but rather "and Abram went." If Noah had a task, Abraham had a mission. A task is one particular thing to do. It may be a huge task, but its specifics are known and its details are spelled out. A mission may not have any particular tasks identified, but it has a vision, a sense of where it is going. Abraham was given a mission: Leave your father's house; go to the land that I will show you. How to get there, exactly what to do - all of that could be worked out later. Abraham had a lot to figure out for himself.

Noah was static; he was a tzaddik. That is an already actualized state of being. Abraham was dynamic. He was not about what he had accomplished but about what he could do in the future. Abraham was chosen not for who he was, but for who he could become. He was chosen because he could transform the world, because he could educate future generations. Abraham was chosen to found a nation that would know that to live a religious life is not just about tasks, not just about obedience, but about living a life of direction, a life of destiny.

(Dvar Torah by Rabbi Dov Linzer of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah – www.yctorah.org.)

Tue, November 12 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780