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Shabbat Devarim

Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Candle Lighting time 8:00 p.m.

I try to be a careful shopper when it comes to buying healthy and nutritious food. No matter how attractive the packaging looks, I check the list of ingredients on the back of the box. Lots of difficult-to-pronounce words usually announce the presence of preservatives that work against good nutrition. Most of the time I put those items back on the shelf and continues to look for labels with lists of natural food products that contribute to good health.

Tisha B’Av, the fast day which commemorates the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, reminds us that my shopping habits are a lot like what God is looking for in our lives: It’s what’s on the inside that counts, regardless of how attractive the outside might be. In this week’s Haftorah, Isiah admonishes the people for thinking that when they look good on the outside by offering up blemish less sacrifices, they will satisfy God without taking into account their inner lives.  Isiah rebukes the people, “Though you pray at length, I will not listen.  Your hands are stained with crime-Wash yourselves clean; Put your evil doings away from My sight.  Cease to do evil; learn to do good. Devote yourselves to justice; aid the wronged. Uphold the rights of the orphan; defend the cause of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:15-17).

So, ask yourself: When others get past the packaging of my life, do they experience a heart full of healthy Jewish ingredients (values)? By putting in grace, kindness, patience, and compassion, we’ll be worthy of our final redemption when Tisha B’Av is turned into a day of feasting.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene


Tisha B'Av begins Saturday night immediately following the conclusion of Shabbat.  It is a 25 hour fast mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.  The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in the year 586 b.c.e; the Seocnd Temple was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 c.e.  We observe Tisha B'Av much like we observe Yom Kippur.  We refrain from eating and drinking, from anointing (e.g. using deodorants) from bathing, and from wearing leather shoes, and from sexual relations.  To learn more about the holiday and its observances, follow this link:


Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 10:00 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs postponed for time being
Sun. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.


Save the Date!

Shabbat, July 25th  Join us for our outdoor Renewal service. We shall be preparing our hearts and souls for Tisha B’Av, the day that mourns the destruction of the first two Temples in Jerusalem.  SERVICES BEGIN AT 10:00 A.M. WITH THE BOKER TOV CAFFE OPENING AT 9:00 A.M.


Saturday night, July 26 Tisha B’Av observances. The entire community joins us for special evening services with the chanting of the scroll of Eicha.


Sunday morning, July 27 The entire community joins together for special morning Tisha B'Av services at 8:45 a.m at Congregation L'Dor V'Dor


Sunday night, July 27 The entire community joins together to end the fast with special services at Lake Success Jewish Center at 8:00 p.m.




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