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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

Beginners Shabbat Schedule


* KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness
If you are able to visit a community member recovering from surgery in her home, please contact Rabbi Kraus at See here for KJ Chesed Corner and here for volunteer opportunities from Met Council.

* Reserve now for the KJ Communal Seder on April 10!
Sing, learn, drink four cups of wine, eat lots of   Matzah and a delicious meal, and follow the  seder with your friends. Lots of questions; plenty of insights! Led by Rabbi Daniel & Rachel Kraus, and Chazan Shilo Kramer. See here for details and register here. Part of NJOP's Passover Across America project.

* Prepare for Pesach!
See here for a Sale of Chametz form. For an online guide to Kosher for Passover items, see here. Join Rabbi Daniel & Rachel Kraus for a Passover Workshop on 3/28 at 7:00 pm and for the annual Model Seder on 4/4 at 7:00 pm. 

* Two great services to choose from! The Learners Service (Lower Level KJ Library) and Intermediate Service (Lobby Level Social Hall) will meet this Shabbat morning at KJ – 125 East 85th Street.

Friday, March 24
Candle lighting - 6:55 pm
KJ services at 6:45 pm in the Main Synagogue.

Shabbat, March 25
- Learners Service with Benjamin Gerut & Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the KJ Library

Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace.

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

Kiddush all together sponsored by Joseph & Evelyn Benjuya in honor of their son Leon's Bar Mitzvah. 

Shabbat afternoon Pre-Mincha Shiur with Rabbi Elie Weinstock at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary followed by Mincha Services at 6:45 p.m. followed by Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Hayyim Angel.

Shabbat Ends - 7:49 p.m.

* Nourish your soul with Torah study!
See here for a list of new and continuing classes.

* Jews in High Places: Historical Case Studies with Rabbi Yossi Weiser - Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Explore how Jews have handled being close to power. How did these individuals handle challenges to halakhic observance or accusations of dual loyalty? What might we expect from Jews in positions of power and influence today? Figures such as Daniel, Ezra, Queen Esther, Don Isaac Abarbanel, Haym Salomon, Judah P. Benjamin, Louis Brandeis, and Henry Kissinger will provide real-life examples to guide the examination.  

Preceded by Studies in the Weekly Portion at 7:00 pm.

On the Jewish Calendar
This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevorchim - the Shabbat immediately preceding Rosh Chodesh (the new Jewish month) Nisan. It is also called, "Shabbat Ha-Chodesh - the Shabbat of the (New) Month" and is named after the special maftir (additional Torah reading) which contains the word, "Ha-chodesh." This Torah portion, the last of the four special readings preceding Pesach, describes the first commandment given to the entire Jewish nation - the Jewish calendar. We, Jews, are in control of time and must use it wisely. It is a "timely" reminder as the month of Passover and redemption is about to start. Rosh Chodesh falls out on Monday night and Tuesday. Happy new moon! 

Time for a Taste of Torah
"Marbim ha-am l'havi mi'dei ha-avodah - The people are bringing more than enough for the labor." (Shemot/Exodus 36:5)

Parshat Vayakhel (the first of our double portion read this week; the other one being Pekudei) presents the actual construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) as it had been described in the previous 3 portions. This verse implies that the Jews were too generous with too much material collected for the Mishkan. It's a fund-raiser's dream!

Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner, the Chasidic Rebbe of Ishbitz, asks why are the Jews praised for donating so much? Isn't it natural for them to be excited - and generous - when it comes to this project? Who wouldn't want to be a part of such an undertaking? He answers that this verse says something about the inner nature of the Jews in the desert. When a person does a mitzvah the first time, he is able to do it with great enthusiasm. As the mitzvah is done again and again afterwards, some of the excitement may wear off. For example, a person may give generously and enthusiastically the first time, but the enthusiasm may wear off as the requests continue - even if the person still gives. The Jewish people in the desert, though, gave and continued to give the same way. They kept giving until it was more than enough.

This authentic enthusiasm for giving is a lesson for our own charitable endeavors and can also be applied to our observance of other mitzvot. The excitement should never wear off.

Sat, 25 March 2017 27 Adar 5777