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Shabbat Vayetze

Genesis 28:10-32:3 16:1-17:24
Candle Lighting time 4:19 p.m.

Towards the end of the journey to his uncle’s house in this week’s Torah portion, Vayetze, Jacob meets some shepherds. “Jacob said to them: My friends (lit. my brothers), where are you from?” (Genesis 29:4) Rabbi Naphtali Tzvi Berlin writes that it was Jacob’s practice to speak in a polite and friendly manner to everyone. Therefore he called the shepherds though he never had seen before “my friends.”  (Love your neighbor by Zelig Pliskin, who page 99.)


All of us need at least one or two close friends. A small boy defined a friend as “someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.” Henry Durbanville made this observation about friendship: “A friend is the first person to come in when the whole world goes out.”


Solomon wrote in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times.” We can’t improve on that definition. To have someone who remains true to us under all circumstances is one of life’s choicest blessings. The support and encouragement that only an intimate friend can offer is sorely needed when the burdens of life weigh heavily upon us.


Proverbs 18:24 makes an important point and takes us beyond a description of what it means to be a friend. It says that “a man who has friends must himself be friendly.” The implication is clear: Friendliness must begin with us. We must take the initiative in developing relationships with others. Let us be to others what we desire for ourselves. When it comes to friends, to have one you must be one!  


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


As always we would like to have a Friday night minyan to welcome the Shabbat. Please help us by calling the office and let us know that you plan to come. I hope the synagogue can count on you.


Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!

Saturday, November 17, our first lunch and learn after services in 5779. We shall study #MeToo: a midrash in four acts. We shall see how the rabbis grappled with this issue. We've have made a command decision and lunch will be free for all members. If you have already paid for the meal, we shall gladly return your check next week.


Monday, November 19th, 7:30 PM, Our annual interfaith Thanksgiving service. This year's service will be held at St. Anastasia's church. All donations collected will be donated to a the most recent hurricane victims in the United States.


Tuesday, November 20th, 10 AM, Adult Education with the Rabbi 



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