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Shabbat Breishit

Genesis 1:1-6:8

Candle Lighting time 5:55 PM
 

The award-winning author John Steinbeck often used biblical themes in his novels. In his book East of Eden, he describes characters who illustrate the conflict of jealousy and revenge reflected in the story of Cain and Abel. Steinbeck shows how an angry heart burning with revenge doesn’t have to act a certain way. There’s always a choice.

 

When Abel’s animal sacrifice received divine favor and Cain’s offering of fruit was rejected, Cain burned with anger (Genesis 4:1-6 )). But the Lord admonished him, “Sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7) The original Hebrew words paint the picture of an animal crouching, ready to devour its prey. Cain’s anger and jealousy, if not brought under control, would “eat him up” and spill out in destructive behavior. Tragically, Cain gave in to his evil desires. It resulted in the first homicide and his departure from the presence of the Lord (Genesis 4:8-16).

 

I am dumbfounded how many people have murderous violent reactions in encounters with other people. Anger is only one letter away from danger. Here are just three examples. On May 4, 2020 “A woman, her adult son and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she was not wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.” (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/5/4/us-security-guard-murdered-following-argument-over-face-mask) “A man and his wife have been arrested in the fatal shooting last weekend of a 50-year-old Gardena man in front of a grocery store, authorities said. Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, of Los Angeles was arrested Monday on suspicion of shooting and killing Jerry Lewis of Gardena as he walked away following a fight inside the Green Farm Market Sunday night, Lt. Christopher Cuff said Wednesday, July 8.” (https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/09/argument-over-mask-led-to-fatal-shooting-of-man-in-front-of-gardena-market-authorities-say/?preview_id=7285106) “A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the St. Louis couple who displayed guns while hundreds of racial injustice protesters marched on their private street. Al Watkins, an attorney for the couple, confirmed to The Associated Press the indictments against Mark McCloskey, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61.” (https://apnews.com/article/st-louis-indictments-racial-injustice-3bbed2ea6c982581e51b16123a785cfc) There is absolutely no excuse for these deaths or threatening with deathly weapons.There is absolutely no excuse for these deaths or threatening with deathly weapons.

 

Do you have feelings of jealousy or anger toward someone? If so, you have a choice. First of all, never point a loaded gun at an unarmed person. Nothing good will ever follow that. If you ignore the internal struggle, it will only get worse and control you. If overcome by rage, walk away until you have calmed down and can discuss the issue rationally. See if you can understand the other person’s point of view even though you may disagree with it. God has given you the power to overcome your murderous feelings if you only tap into it. 
 
 
Shabbat shalom,
 
Rabbi Greene
 
 

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Community Kristallnacht Program Sunday November 8, 2020 11am 
 
Please join us as three young adults from the community share their unforgettable experiences during their March of the Living trips, and discuss the impact it made on their Jewish identity. Their attitudes and their awareness of anti semitism and racism, before and after the trip, will be reflected upon and discussed. The program will be moderated by Joel Katz, a regional director of March of the Living for NY and NJ region. The International March of the Living is an annual educational program, bringing individuals from around the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred. The program is sponsored by Temple Torah, Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center, and Marathon Jewish Center, Community Holocaust Committe, whose aim is to preserve the stories of surviviors so that we “Never Forget” the events of World War II and Nazi Germany. Please mark your calendar for this important Zoom event. Details and Zoom link to follow.
 
 
Please join us as three young adults from the community share their unforgettable experiences during their March of the Living trips, and discuss the impact it made on their Jewish identity. Their attitudes and their awareness of anti semitism and racism, before and after the trip, will be reflected upon and discussed. The program will be moderated by Joel Katz, a regional director of March of the Living for NY and NJ region. The International March of the Living is an annual educational program, bringing individuals from around the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred. The program is sponsored by Temple Torah, Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center, and Marathon Jewish Center, Community Holocaust Committe, whose aim is to preserve the stories of surviviors so that we “Never Forget” the events of World War II and Nazi Germany. Please mark your calendar for this important Zoom event.  Zoom link to follow.

 

 

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