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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT KORACH | FRIDAY, JUNE 15 - SATURDAY, JUNE 16

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

Mazal tov to Luwam Samuel and David Friedman on their marriage this past Sunday!

Mazal tov to Diane Nissenbaum and Brent Herbst on their wedding this Sunday!

Condolences to Sharon Kramer Loew on the passing of her mother, Irma Kramer.
Notes of condolence can be sent to Sharon at 303 East 57th Street, Apt. 16 G, NYC 10022.

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 (6/16) for a Beginners Shabbat Luncheon featuring delicious food, good people, and Shabbat spirit. 

Meaningful Jewish Living Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Last class of the season:  Ask the Rabbi Anything with Rabbi Weinstock. Refreshments will be served. 

Summer Taste of Torah with Rabbi Weiser is back starting July 10!
Join Rabbi Weiser on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for an exploration of Bible, History, Law, and Thought. Details coming soon.

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Friday, June 15
Candle lighting - 8:11 pm
Spirited Singing Shabbat Service - 7:00 pm in the Major Ward Beit Midrash.

Shabbat, June 16
Beginners Service with Dr. Steven Rudolph & 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 & Chazan Shilo Kramer - 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 David and Luwam Friedman in honor of their recent marriage; Richard Gallis in commemoration of the yahrzeit of his brother, Melvin Gallis; Andrea Halbfinger in loving memory of her father, Saul Lee Kanner and husband Martin William Halbfinger; Satya Laren in gratitude to the KJ community for their ongoing support and kindness, and in celebration of her Bat Mitzvah; Ray Ward in memory of his parents Jess and Lenore Ward and Junita Vishniatskaia. 

Pre-Mincha shiur at 7:05 pm with Rabbi Wieder speaking on Does the Halakhic System Require Extra-Judicial Behavior to Function.  Mincha is at 8:05 pm in the Rohr Chapel followed by Seudah Shlishit with Rabbi Wieder speaking on There is No Order in Scripture - When Did the Rebellion of Korach Occur?

Havdalah - 9:13 pm

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On the Jewish Calendar
 

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“Vayikach Korach – And Korach took…” (Bamidbar/Numbers 16:1)

This week's portion describes the rebellion of Korach and his cohorts against Moshe and the supremacy of Torah law within Jewish society. It begins with Korach taking. By taking, Korach was making a statement. He disagreed with the leadership of Moshe, so he was going to rebel, to leave, to split. He refused to recognize even the possibility that Moshe might be right or that there was a flaw in his thinking. In Hebrew, the word for argument is “machloket,” which means to divide. The difference of opinion between Korach and his company was certainly a negative one.

However, from the words of the Mishna in Avot, one can see that the difference of opinion between Hillel and Shammai was “l’shem shamayim - for the sake of heaven” and positive. How can a division be something positive?

Rabbi Avraham Yizchak Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, explained that the more differences of opinion there are, the more the wholeness of the world increases. This is how he explains the expression: “Torah scholars increase peace in the world.” In other words, they increase the completeness of the world. One person says something. His colleague says an opposing opinion. The two of them should appreciate not just their own opinions, but that there is an opinion that opposes his own. There is something here that is almost impossible: to believe in your opinion, clarify it and even fight for it, but at the same time, appreciate that there is an opinion that opposes yours. One should appreciate this is how we come close to God’s source which unifies and connects everything.

Korach did not appreciate this fact. He saw things only in black and white or as yes and no. If he thought Moshe was wrong, then Moshe must be wrong. Such a dispute has no chance of reconciliation or positive value.

Jews appreciate a good argument. It is not a coincidence that we like to say that if you have two Jews, you’ll get three opinions. Differences of opinion, as Rabbi Kook explains, can make us wiser and stronger. Korach’s fatal flaw – and the lesson for us – is to recognize how our differences (whether they are of opinion or outlook) have the ability to improve us and even unite us.

Thu, June 21 2018 8 Tammuz 5778