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Beginners Shabbat Schedule


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

Two Shabbat Services this week!
Join us for the Beginners Service or KJB Minyan for a prayer and
parsha experience like no other! See here for details.

Got lunch? We do! Join us following KJB services THIS week for a Beginners Shabbat Luncheon featuring delicious food, good people, and Shabbat spirit.

JLI's The Art & Soul of Communication - Mondays starting January 22 @ 7:00 pm 
Can you express yourself effectively in 140 characters or less? Should you? Explore Judaism's approach to communication and the importance of the spoken word. Taught by Rabbi Elie Weinstock. See here for details and to register.

Meaningful Jewish Living class - Thursdays @ 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! New topic: Jewish Literacy taught by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz. Followed by Studies in the Weekly Portion at 8:00 pm.

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


Friday, January 19
Candle lighting - 4:40 pm
Beginners Friday Night Live Services - 5:45

Shabbat, January 20
Beginners Service with Benjamin Gerut & Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Major Ward Beit Midrash Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace.

KJB Minyan with Rabbi Daniel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Riklis Social Hall Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation

Kiddush Luncheon all together following services sponsored by Josh Abelson in honor of his daughter, Rachel's Bat Mitzvah.

Pre-Mincha shiur at 4:15 pm in the Rohr Chapel with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz The Month of Nissan: Why is it First?

Mincha at 4:35 pm in the Rohr Chapel followed by a Seudah Shlishit featuring a Shevuot Daf Yomi Siyum made by Isaac Sherman in the Riklis Social Hall.

Shabbat ends at 5:38 pm 

Time for a Taste of Torah
“Be’asor la-chodesh ha-zeh va-yikchu lahem ish seh l’veit avot seh la-bayit – On the tenth of the month (of Nisan) the Children of Israel shall each take a lamb or kid for each father’s house, a lamb or kid for each household.” (Shemot/Exodus 12:3)​​​​​​​

The lamb for the Pascal sacrifice was to be taken four days in advance. Why were four days necessary? How long does it take to find a lamb? The Sages in the Midrash note that this was an expression of courage on the part of the Children of Israel. The lamb was the Egyptian God, and it took guts to publicly take lambs that were to be publicly displayed and prepared for sacrifice. It was an intentional thumb in the eye of the Egyptians to signify that the Hebrew God was the true Master of the Universe.

Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, a noted rabbi and educator in Brooklyn, offers another interpretation. The four days were a chance to examine the lamb for any blemishes or imperfections and to prepare for the Pesach offering. Why was so much time needed? The Passover sacrifice, the first mitzvah and communal commemoration of the Jewish people, purposely took a long time to highlight how precious religious opportunities are. Each and every mitzvah is a wonderful gift that is deserving of meticulous attention and concern. In the case of the Pascal lamb, it was not enough to make some last minute efforts at preparing an animal. God commanded there be a four day period of preparation, highlighting the value of each mitzvah.

We may no longer offer the Passover sacrifice, but we can be inspired by its lesson to treat every religious opportunity – whether between man and God or man and his/her fellow – with the great love and respect it deserves.


Mon, January 22 2018 6 Shevat 5778