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Shabbat Lech Lecha

Genesis 6:9-11: 32
Candle Lighting time 5:52 p.m.
 

Growing up I can only remember going camping once trying out to see whether I want to join the local Boy Scouts troop. Of course we slept in a tent; however, in the morning I found myself outside on the ground and all covered with dew. Apparently I rolled under the tent’s wall. Not the best experience in my life. For some members my family roughing it means booking a four star hotel.

 

I marvel to think that the founder of our monotheistic faith spent a large numbers of years in tents. When he was seventy-five years old, Abraham heard God’s call to leave his country so the Lord could make him into a new nation in this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha (Gen. 12:1–2). Abraham obeyed, trusting that God would follow through on His promise. I wonder how many years he lived in tents before he died at 175 years old (25:7), whether his tent leaked during the rainy season, and whether he rolled outside his tent just like me.

 

Although we may not have the same call as Abraham did to make Aliya and live in Israel, we may long for a deeper experience of home, of being rooted here on earth. Like Abraham, when the wind whips our flimsy covering or the rain soaks through, we can look with faith towards God to fulfill His promise “I will grant peace in the land, and shall lie down untroubled by anyone… and no sword shall cross your land.” (Leviticus 26:6)

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

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Service Schedule

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

 

Save the Date!

Adult Education:  Tuesday Morning with the Rabbi begins Tuesday, October 30th.

 

A High Note of spiritual Resistance in Commemoration of Kristallnacht- Music of the Holocaust.  Sunday, November 4th at  L’Dor V’Dor/Little Neck Jewish Center.  Ollie’s taxi service will be available for transportation there that day.

 

Women’s next Rosh Chodesh gathering will be Tuesday, November 6th at 7:15PM

 

In The Community 

 

Congregation L'Dor L'Dor presents The annual Pollack lecture, Sunday, October 21 at 7 PM with guest speaker Rabbi Mark S. Golub, founder and CEO of the Jewish broadcast service. His topic will be "What does it mean to be a Zionist as an American Jew in the 21st century?"

 

Temple Beth Sholom presents “Only From the Heart Can You Touch the Sky” with Renee Katz. November 3, 6:30-9 PM.  $36 admission includes Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks.  For reservations call 718-463-4143 (FYI, I cannot vouch for the kashrut of the food served since Temple Beth Sholom is a Reform synagogue)

 

If you need a ride on Election Day to the polls please call the office to arrange transportation.

 

 

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