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Shabbat Naso

Numbers 4:21-7:89

Candle Lighting time 7:59 p.m.

 

I am sure you know this old joke. The story is told of two shopkeepers who were bitter rivals. They spent each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he would smile triumphantly at his rival.

 

One night an angel appeared to one of the shopkeepers in a dream and said, “I will give you anything you ask, but whatever you receive, your competitor will receive twice as much. What is your desire?” The man frowned and then said, “Strike me blind in one eye.” Now that’s jealousy of the worst kind! 

 

The self-destructive emotion of jealousy appears in a different form in this week’s Tolrah portion.  Jealousy has the potential of tearing apart the family. This week’s Torah portion, Naso, includes the trial of bitter waters for the suspected adulteress, the sotah in Hebrew.  “…if a fit of jealousy comes over one and he is wrought up about his wife although she has not defiled herself-the man shall bring his wife to the priest (and the priest would put her through the ordeal of the bitter waters.) “ (Numbers 5:14ff)  “It would seem that the Sages understood the ordeal of the sotah less as a way of ferreting out adulteresses and more of a way of ‘proving’ to the husband that his suspicions were groundless….The commentaries focus on the extraordinary detail that, during the ritual, a document bearing the name of God is dissolved in the portion from which the accused wife drinks. Ordinary such a document would be considered too holy to destroy, and would have to be deposited in a proper storage place like the genizah.  “For the sake of peace between husband wife, God has ordered that the divine name be blotted out’” (Num. R. 9:36; From the Etz Hayyim commentary below the line pages 976 and 978)

 

One of the clearest indicators that God is present in our lives is our contentment and our thankfulness for what we have. Then, instead of experiencing jealousy, we are able to genuinely celebrate the gifts and blessings of others.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene

 

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Save the Date!

Sunday, May 31st, Show your support for Israel by going to the Celebrate israel Parade.

 

Monday, June 1st, Sisterhood meeting 8:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 7th, Do you want to learn Hebrew this Summer?  Join MJCC's Sunday evening's classes at 7p.m. at Starbucks.  Cost is  only $18 for members and $25 for non-members.  RSVP by 6?4

 

Join the members of L'Dor V'Dor, Lake Success JC and MJCC for a "Shabbabecue", Friday June 19 at 6pm.  Shabbat Evening Service 7:30 pm.  There is no charge for dinner but RSVP are required.  Hosted at Lake Success JC

 

Shabbat June 20th, Our last Lunch and Learn of the Season.  Our guest speaker will be  leah Barrett.  Here topic is Enhancing personal safety by reducing gun violence.  Cost is only $12 for members and $15 for non-members.  RSVP by Tuesday June, 16th

 

Join your MJCC family for a Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner, on Friday June 26th at 7pm.   Bring your family.  there is no charge for MJCC members, $36 for non-members.  Donations to help underwrite this dinner will be most appreciated. RSVP by Friday, June 19th.

 

Shabbat, June 27th Our outdoor renewal Shabbat service.  Dress casually.  Services begin at 10am.

 

 

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