MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

Opening Doors to Spirituality, Social Consciousness, and Community A Friendly Egalitarian Conservative Congregation

Shabbat Reei

First Torah Deuteronomy    Second Torah in honor of Rosh Hodesh Elul Numbers 28:9-15
Candle Lighting time 7:36 p.m.

 

Several years ago, a Harvard Business School professor wrote an open letter to the nation’s graduates.  He told them that in one sense they needed to forget what they had learned in school.  He said that schools tend to put too much emphasis on the idea that success comes as a result of passing tests and is based on individual performance rather than on group effort and cooperation.  The professor pointed out, though, that in the workplace doing well depends on learning to succeed in what he called a “web of relationships.”  Talking to two of my daughters-in-law who have gone on to earn their MBAs, I can see that this professor’s critique has had an impact on their curriculum for the better.

 

This “web of relationships” truth applies to living a Jewish life.  Too often we thinking that the ultimate spiritual goal of Judaism is how much Torah and Talmud we know.  Although Torah study is important, this week’s Torah portion Re’eh emphasizes our obligation to others in need.  “If, however, there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs.” (Dt. 15:7) The rabbis teach us that we can’t truly love God, if we don’t love one another.  Our “web of relationships” must include both God and our fellow human beings.

 

The secret of spiritual success is not just in acquiring individual knowledge-it’s in coupling that knowledge with love in our relationships

 

Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs postponed for time being
Sun. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.

 

Save the Date!

Shabbat, August 29 Our next outdoor renewal service  "Preparing your Heart and Soul for the High Holidays."  It begins at 10:00 a.m.  Dress casually

 

 

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