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Shabbat Emor

Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Candle Lighting time 7:31 PM


Four rabbis were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Torah. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition because it was closer to the original Hebrew. Still another liked a contemporary version because it was gender-neutral.


The fourth rabbi was silent for a moment, then said, "I like my mother's translation best." Surprised, the other three men said they didn't know his mother had translated the Torah. "Yes," he replied. "She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw."


I have many different translations of the Torah. I enjoy comparing one translation to another because each translation is a commentary in itself. But this rabbi reminded me that the most important focus should be studying Torah and observing the mitzvot. That was the top priority of Ezra's life. As a scribe, he studied the Torah, obeyed it, and taught it to the Israelites (Ezra 7:10).


This week’s Torah portion Emor contains the holiday cycle including counting the Omer from the second day of Passover to the holiday of Shavuot 50 days later (Lev. 23:15-16) After the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites counted down the days until the holiday of Revelation with great anticipation and preparation. This Shabbat will be the 34th day of the Omer. Let's follow our ancestors’ example by studying Torah and translating it into life to prepare for the holiday of Shavuot. 


Shabbat shalom,


Rabbi Greene


This week's zoom opportunities

Ma'ariv services Tonight -Thursday night at 7:00 PM
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Thursday, April 29, 7:45 PM 
Listen to a lecture by Donniel Hartman on the Ethics of Statehood and Power.
Israel represents the most dramatic opportunity for Jews to enact power on the world stage. Having a state comes with great responsibility to Jews globally as well as the minority populations within its borders. In this session, Donniel Hartman explores what it means for the Jewish state to have a great aspirations while navigating challenges. 
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Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services

Friday, April 30, 2021 and Saturday May 1 at 10:00 AM
The same link works both for Friday night and Saturday morning  No passcde is required.
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