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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT TETZAVEH: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

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

JLI’s Crime and Consequence - Mondays at 7:00 pm Explore 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom concerning criminal convictions, sentencing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation. Whether you see yourself as “smart on crime” or “tough on crime,” this course is for you! See HERE for details and HERE to get a taste of the class. Taught by Rabbi Weinstock. Next up (2/18): Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue.

Meaningful Jewish Living class - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
3,300 years of Jewish tradition in 25 weeks! See  HERE for details.
Next class (2/14): History of the Jews: The Immortal Nation - 4 sessions taught by Rabbi Daniel and Rachel Kraus. See HERE for more details.

KJB Melava Malka "Fun Raiser" - Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm
Join us for Torah and stories, sushi, wine, desserts, and Jewbilation featuring the vocals of Dr. Richard Seaman and Andy Dimond. Free of charge. RSVPs welcome. Sponsored anonymously in honor of the KJ Beginners Program and its leaders. Listen to Jewbilation’s "Sounds of Shabbos - Live at the Green Room" HERE.

Join us for Shabbat Across America at KJ on March 1!
Join thousands of Jews in hundreds of locations coming together to celebrate what unites us all: SHABBAT. See HERE for details. Join us! Spread the word! Serve as a table host! Be a part of it! Take the "KJB Challenge" and encourage your friends to attend!

Study Torah in 2019!
See HERE for the full lineup including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, and more!

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Friday, February 15
Candle lighting - 5:13 pm

Evening Service - 5:25 pm in the Main Synagogue

Shabbat, February 16
United KJB Service with Rabbi Kraus & Chazan Shilo Kramer - 9:30 am in the Riklis Social Hall Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation.

Dairy Kiddush sponsored by by Adam and Justin Cohen, in memory of their father, Philip A. Cohen; Andrea Halbfinger in celebration of her birthday and in memory of her mother, Elsie Kanner; and the Sberro Family in memory of Benjamin's father, Max “Yoshua" Sberro.

Pre - Mincha Shiur is at 4:30 pm with Rabbinic Intern Leead Staller speaking on Shaatnez is OK: Only (for) Kohanim. Mincha is at 5:05 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz. 

Havdalah - 6:08 pm

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On the Jewish Calendar
This Tuesday is Purim Katan – the 14th day of the first Adar. This year on the Jewish calendar is a leap year, which means we add an extra month of Adar to keep the Jewish holidays in alignment with the seasons. While there are no specific Purim rituals observed, Purim Katan is still a minor holiday and most definitely reminds us that Purim is one month away. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 21, at 8:30 pm for the annual KJB Megillah Reading and Purim Celebration!

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“V’asita bigdei kodesh l’Aharon achicha l’chavod u-letif’aret – You shall make sacred clothing for Aaron your brother which will possess glory and splendor.” (Shemot/Exodus 28:2)

Parshat Tetzaveh opens with a description of the “bigdei kehunah,” the priestly vestments. The Torah describes these garments in great detail, and they possessed a lot of color, sparkle, and shine. These clothes were the official uniform for the kohanim, and all official priestly duties can be performed only when wearing these garments. Why such emphasis on clothes? Do clothes really make the man?

The answer is, obviously, no. Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Orthodox Union and a terrific scholar, sees a relevant lesson for all. He writes:

The message here is unambiguous: when one is engaged in the service of the Lord he or she must be dressed in a manner which befits that role, and which projects, if not the image of Majesty, then surely the image of pride and dignity. To the extent that all of us are engaged in the service of the Lord, in one way or another, in much of what we do, we must be mindful of our physical appearance, and we must dress in a manner which is dignified, which reinforces our sense of the important tasks that we are about, and which impresses upon others that we take their opinion of us into consideration, and care about the impression we make upon them.

Clothes do not make the man, but they do convey a message to us and those around us that we take ourselves and our mission in life seriously. This explains the Talmudic dictum that condemns individuals in religious public positions who dress sloppily, projecting a lack of dignity. This is much more than high fashion or “looking good.” Appearances matter – for different reasons than we might usually think. They reflect who we are and, more importantly, how we view our role as people and Jews.

Rabbi Weinreb notes the connection of our portion to Purim. Purim is, of course, associated with dressing up. (That has its own reason.) In addition, the holiday has a clear fashion focus. Megillat Esther spends a great deal of time describing clothes. In particular, we see Esther’s royal clothing as well as several costume changes by Mordechai. Mordechai, a member of the king’s court, is wearing official clothes and then changes to sackcloth when he hears of Haman’s decree against the Jews. This is an example of clothing representing much more than fashion. It reflects a sense of who we are and what we feel. Think how Shabbat or festival clothes convey a sense of the joy of those days. At the end of the story, when Haman is defeated, Mordechai is clothed royally as he assumes the position of King’s vizier. The redemption of the Jews is reflected in the special garments of Mordechai.

Do clothes make the man? No and yes. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re up on the latest style or what was hot during Fashion Week. What does matter is a commitment to portraying ourselves and commitments in a visible way that makes a positive impression on those around us while reminding ourselves of what is truly important.

Fri, February 15 2019 10 Adar I 5779