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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

PARSHAT NOAH| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

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

Return of the Two Shabbat 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 follows services!

Lots of great new classes! Study Torah at KJ!
See here for the full Fall lineup - including Hebrew, Parsha, Ramban, Rabbi Weiser and more!

Meaningful Jewish Living class starting Thursday, October 26 @ 7:00 pm
3,300 years of Jewish tradition in 25 weeks! See here for details. Handouts will accompany each topic. Refreshments will be served! Taught by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, Rabbi Elie Weinstock and Rabbi Daniel and Rachel Kraus.

JLI's Great Debates in Jewish History starting Monday, October 30 @ 7:00 pm
Explore six fundamental conflicts; six instances of divergent perspectives, including several that are still debated today. Taught by Rabbi Elie Weinstock. See here for details. Register online today!

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Friday, October 20
Candle lighting - 5:50 pm

Friday Night Live Beginners Service at 6:30 pm

Shabbat, October 21
Beginners Service with George Rohr & Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am - Ramaz Middle School Auditorium Back
Start your Shabbat morning with an introductory and welcoming, no-Hebrew-necessary service where prayers, the weekly Torah portion, and rituals are explained and all questions are welcome.

KJB Minyan with Rabbi Daniel Kraus & Chazan Shilo Kramer - 9:30 am - Ramaz Middle School Auditorium Front This welcoming, interactive, and intimate service allows you to explore prayer and parsha like never before. 

Kiddush all together following services!

Class at 5:20 pm with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz. Mincha is at 5:40 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit with special guest Sgt. Benjamin Anthony from Our Soldiers Speak.

Shabbat Ends - 6:44 pm

 

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“Va-ya’as Noach k’chol asher tzeeva oto Elokim kein asa – And Noah did, according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” (Bereishit/Genesis 6:22)

George Rohr forwarded to me a very interesting and entertaining  video clip. It features an actor playing Noah gathering all of the animals to put them on the Ark. “Noah” runs all over the place, fleeing from lions, trying to fit the elephants in, and scrambling to find two of each animal. Towards the end of the film, he is resting in the Ark, clearly exhausted, when a tiny fly begins to pester him. Impulsively, Noah swats the fly – only to hear its partner nearby and realizing that he just killed one of the two flies he brought onto the Ark. So Noah gets up and runs outside (where the rain has already started to fall) to chase down another fly. The film ends as advertisement for a financial services company with a message of finding someone reliable to trust.

It is a thought-provoking clip (and a pretty good ad for that matter). What can we learn from Noah’s compliance with God’s instructions to gather all of the species onto the Ark? Most of our attention on Noah focuses on comparing him to Abraham or Moses or on his exploits after the flood in planting a vineyard or why he didn’t do a better job in correcting the behavior of those around him. But we can also look at how difficult a job he must have had. Hashem told him to gather two of EVERY SINGLE SPECIES onto this Ark to ride out the flood. Think of how demoralizing it must have been, how tedious, how complicated. The Torah doesn’t describe the exploits of the film, but we can just imagine Noah running around, tired, sweaty, drained. Why did he do it? That is what God told him to do.

In addition to all the other lessons of Noah and the flood, we need to keep in mind that one of our primary responsibilities is to be someone God can count on. He doesn’t ask us to run around chasing lions and elephants, but we should try to live up to what He expects from us.

Mon, October 23 2017 3 Cheshvan 5778