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Shabbat Vayera

Genesis 18:1-22:24
Candle Lighting time 4:20 PM

When God promised Abraham and his wife Sarah that they would have a son, Abraham laughed in unbelief and replied, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”(Gen. 17:17). Later, Sarah laughed for the same reason: “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (18:12).


We too grow old and wonder if the Lord can fulfill His promises to us. We no longer have prominence or status. Our minds are not as nimble as they once were. We’re hampered by physical problems that limit our mobility and keep us close to home. Every day we seem to lose more of the things we have spent a lifetime acquiring. Robert Frost underscores something that we sometimes ask ourselves: “The question . . . is what to make of a diminished thing.”


Not much—if we are left to ourselves. But God is able to do more with us than we can imagine. He asks us, as He asked Sarah, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (18:14). Of course not! We’re never too old to be useful. God created us for purpose. All we have to do is discover for what purpose God created us. Then with God’s help, nothing is too hard for us to fulfill our number one job here on earth.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!

Sunday, November 17 at 10:30 AM Help plant a Memorial Garden joining with a worldwide effort to plant 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children murdered in the Holocaust at the Little Neck Triangle, Little neck Parkway and Horace Harding across from the Brandywine.


Sunday, November 17, 7:30 PM at congregation L'Dor V'Dor the Pollack lecture presents: IsrAid's emergency response and recovery. Learn more about Israel largest humanitarian relief organization. Using IsrAid's expertise and innovation, IsrAid's vital relief work has helped over 2 million people in 32 countries. Seth Davis, Executive Director, Israel US will be the guest speaker.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Our Tuesday Morning Adult Ed Classes Begin

10:00 AM We shall study an aspect of the weekly Torah portion. This week we shall study parashat Hayai Sarah with the topic "The Cave of Machpela: A stepping stone to the Promised Land or a trial for Abraham to overcome." No Hebrew or previous knowledge required.


11:00 AM We shall discuss a Jewish short story. This week we'll read The Eleventh Happiest Country by the award winning Jewish Author Joan Leegant. 12 Noon This week only we invite all participants to a free simple lunch. Call the office to RSVP by Nov. 15th and pick up your copy of the story in advance of class.


Monday, November 25, 2019 our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service, 7:30 PM at Zion Episcopal Church. The entire Douglaston/Little Neck community will join together to give thanks for all of God's blessings.



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